Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy

Building leadership for a people-centered just transition

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The Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) was launched in 2021 in South Africa.

INSPIRE aims to advance the field of social performance in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, with the wider goal of becoming a leading platform for capacity building and best practice, across the African continent and internationally.

Synergy Global Consulting is leading the establishment of INSPIRE with founding support from Actis, Lekela and BTE Renewables. It is implemented in partnership with SAWEA and SAPVIA.


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INSPIRE is a platform which thrives through collaboration.

on projects

Develop and
deliver trainings

Brainstorm ideas for impact opportunities

Convene stakeholders in the eco-system

Fund (or fundraise jointly for) new programmes


Are you looking for knowledge resources to guide your work in economic development in REIPPPP? Look no further! We are working hard to keep this resource database to date. If you have a resource that we are missing, send it to us and we will add it!

Funded and Supported by USAID

Academic Research and Theses

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Community Needs/Asset Studies

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Guidelines and Toolkits

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Industry Impact Reports

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Practice Insights and Notes

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Research Reports

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Templates & Procedures

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Workshop Reports and Presentations

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Learning and Leadership

  • Introduction to Social Performance Practice

    INSPIRE’s short course #1 equips participants with an understanding of the nature and breadth of Social Performance in the renewable energy sector.

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  • Managing Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement

    INSPIRE’s short course #2 equips participants with the knowledge, tools, and practical skills required to better understand and manage stakeholder as well as community relations and expectations within the renewable energy sector.

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  • Managing Community Investments and Benefits

    INSPIRE short course #3 equips participants with the tools to plan, implement, monitor, and report on community investments and benefit interventions.

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  • Academic circle

    Connecting student and staff researchers working on economic development related questions in REIPPPP.

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  • M&E Roundtables

    Roundtable discussion to mature the Monitoring and Evaluation practice in REIPPPP

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  • ED Plan Development

    ED practitioners met over 6 zoom sessions to learn from the experienced facilitators and to exchange with colleagues in the sector about how to best approach this often stressful task.

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  • Trustee Tea

    Roundtables to bring together trustees serving on REIPPPP community trusts for networking and exchange

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  • Offload and learn: case clinics to unlock professional challenges

    Monthly small group session to discuss workplace challenges in safe space

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Research & Innovation

Conducting action-oriented research to support improved practices and policy. Prototyping and incubating transformation-focused approaches and investments.