Ashden Award for Energising Refugee Livelihoods

The Ashden Award for Energising Refugee Livelihoods will power up initiatives harnessing renewable energy and boosting skills and work for displaced people. Through prize money, publicity and other support the award will help climate innovators to scale up their activities and inspire others.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104153)

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Championed by The Climate Change Collaboration of the Ashden Trust, Mark Leonard Trust and JJ Charitable Trust


  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


Multiple locations


Most refugees living in camps have no regular access to electricity. This makes it harder for them to stay safe, communicate with loved ones and earn a living. Activities like phone-charging, tailoring or running small shops can all bring refugees a vital income – but are difficult or impossible without reliable and affordable energy. The award will boost climate innovators harnessing renewable energy to empower refugees.


Through our award, we will power up innovators harnessing renewable energy to create decent jobs and livelihoods for refugees. Following a thorough assessment and judging process one winner will receive prize money of £25,000 to help them to develop and scale their work. We will boost the profile of all finalists and the winner through inspirational films, publicity and events that inspire others to replicate their success.

  • The Ashden Award had a tremendous impact on the work that we do at Solar Freeze, it put a spotlight on both the solution - which is access to refrigeration and cooling for the healthcare sector in the Humanitarian Energy space – and most importantly it made our beneficiaries be seen and recognised.

    — Dysmus Kisulu, Founder of Solar Freeze, Kenya – Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy 2021