Infrastructure Management Contracts: Improving Energy Asset Management in Displacement Settings
The Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) is an international consortium seeking to sustainably increase access to energy for displaced people and to improve how energy is dealt with in humanitarian situations. One area that the MEI chose to consider was how humanitarian agencies could manage their own energy use better and potentially extend sustainable energy access to the refugees whom they are serving.
This paper examines the feasibility of different models and partnership structures, and the possibilities each offers in terms of operational performance, financial incentives, risk management and typical division of responsibilities between partners. It explores the idea of infrastructure management contracts as a way to leverage private-sector expertise, and examines the benefits and current challenges of such arrangements. Using the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in Kenya as a case study, it seeks to provide analysis on various infrastructure options; and by doing so, to provide guidance for future organisations seeking to transform the way that they deliver energy.
Authors: Laura Patel, Ben Good and Abishek Bharadwaj, Energy 4 Impact, and Shahid Chaudhry, independent consultant.