12th December 2023

New project: Community of Practice – Shaping the Future of Community Impact Investing in REIPPPP

Join Inspire’s Community of Practice for REIPPPP practitioners, fostering collaboration and sharing best practices in renewable energy socio-economic development.

Let's come together in an enabling a space to learn, share and strategise together.

INSPIRE recognises the growing need among social practitioners and community shareholding trustees in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to collectively shape socio-economic development visions and outcomes. In collaboration with practitioners, and other relevant parties (e.g. development organisations, individuals, and community representatives in host communities), we aim to establish a platform that facilitates learning, sharing, and problem-solving. In this process, we aim to uncover the various approaches and best practices to address the diverse goals and objectives encountered in our roles and our work.


Our primary objective is to bolster the capacity of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and community trusts to jointly drive strategic investments, with a specific focus on enhancing developmental outcomes. 

This will be achieved by:

The community of practice will be centred around a chosen theme to support a network of IPPs, trusts and other relevant stakeholders. We are kicking off by inviting you to choose the themes closest to your work: Health & Wellbeing, Education, Youth Development, Enterprise Development.

Through a collaborative environment, we will convene and offer technical support to the forming group, fostering a collaborative environment.

Conduct learning events and other reflective activities to captivate practitioners and trustees, drawing interest for collaborative possibilities within the community of practitioners and beyond.

Collaboratively develop a joint monitoring and evaluation framework and a common set of indicators.

Invitation: We invite you to be a part of this exciting journey!

Join us in shaping the future of community impact investing in REIPPPP. Your input is crucial in shaping and determining the focus areas of our Community of Practice. Together, we can create a space for meaningful collaboration, learning, and innovation.

Open to:

If you are passionate about making a positive impact and eager to contribute your insights, register and become a part of our growing community.

Let us build a collective vision for socio-economic development that truly makes a difference!

The team

Yumnaa Firfirey, Towards Uhuru

Yumnaa is a frequent collaborator in the INSPIRE network and a seasoned REIPPPP sustainability practitioner. Yumnaa has built diverse careers in business, government, partnership organisations and as an entrepreneur in South Africa and abroad. She has worked in enterprise development, tourism, design, sustainability and renewable energy, with partnership building and economic development as the common thread.

Avela Pamla, INSPIRE

Avela works as INSPIRE's first employee and is a knowledgeable REIPPPP thinker and writer. She is excelling in the dynamic environment of this newly founded NGO. Avela holds a MSc degree in Environmental Science completed with distinction at Rhodes University. Her previous employer was the Eastern Cape Province, where she worked in the Sustainable Energy Unit at the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Fowzia Davis, Bloem Consulting

Fowzia has worked within the INSPIRE network and is an experienced REIPPPP development scholar and practitioner. Fowzia is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in African Development and of the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics, International Relations, and Media and Writing and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Relations.

Dr Holle Wlokas, INSPIRE

Holle is a director and founder of INSPIRE, and has been working on social performance in REIPPPP since the programme was launched in 2011. Holle's past work in academia, consulting and civil society revolves around the social and economic aspects of energy transitions.

For more information!

If you would like to get in touch about this project, please contact us.

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