The Flow is the quarterly e-newsletter of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), a south-south knowledge exchange and advocacy platform to advance local practitioners of small-scale hydropower, made possible by the WISIONS initiative.  

In this issue, we feature the work of HPNET members in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Philippines, as well as reflections on hydro mini-grids in conflict regions across Africa and the Asia Pacific. 

From our feature series, we bring you a new edition of Hidden No More, featuring a conversation with energy access innovator, Ayu Abdullah.  From our SEEED initiative, we overview exciting new initiatives facilitated in partnership with International Rivers.  In addition, don't miss video recordings from our virtual exchange event: Advancing Community-Scale Hydropower (< 1MW) for Climate and Economic Resilience. Finally, be sure to check out the latest edition of our video podcast series, StreamSide Chats, focusing on community utilities in Pakistan.
Member Updates


Rehabilitation Project
Skat Consulting Ltd. and GIZ prepare to assess 400-500 projects for rehabilitation, focusing on technical reliability and productive end use toward long-lived hydro mini-grids.

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A Well-Spring of Best Practices
A video presentation spotlighting ATDER-BL and APRODELBO, and their exemplary efforts to integrate watershed restoration and community hydropower.

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Enrich Your Facebook Feed
SIBAT: Since 1984, SIBAT has supported community development across the Philippines. Follow SIBAT on social media for updates from their training centre, open source tools, videos and more!

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Yamog: Energy access trailblazer, Yamog, champions a holistic, community-centred approach to micro hydro in Mindanao.  Check out Yamog's inspiring Facebook page!

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Micro Hydro in Conflict Regions

Reflections and Hindsight
This past year, political conflict has significantly impacted many micro hydro regions.  We have been tracking situations in Myanmar, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and elsewhere to better understand the impacts and interconnections.

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  • Myanmar: Insights into the resilience of micro hydro during conflict in Myanamar, and the importance of local actors at the forefront of rural development.
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  • Cameroon: A snapshot of the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing micro hydro regions and development initiatives in Cameroon.

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HPNET Thematic Features

Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with Ayu Abdullah, Co-Executive Director of Energy Action Partners (ENACT), who reflects on her journey as an energy practitioner and her vision for an energy access paradigm that prioritizes community-driven solutions.
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Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development

Knowledge-to-Impact Initiative
As part of the SEEED Accelerator, we partnered with International Rivers to launch the first SEEED cohort, focused on the basin regions of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna, and Salween Rivers.  The cohort is engaging in capacity building, multi-actor dialogue and peer-to-peer exchange.
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Exchange Event

Advancing Community-Scale Hydropower for Climate and Economic Resilience
In partnership with International Rivers, we hosted a virtual exchange event to advance small-scale hydropower (< 1MW) for climate and economic resilience.  Topics ranged from watershed strengthening to technology reliability, financing, women-centric processes and more.  Check out recorded presentations and other resources below. 
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StreamSide Chats

Edition 3: Community Utilities in Pakistan
In StreamSide Chats Edition 3, "Community Utilities in Pakistan", we speak with Sherzad Ali Khan, the Coordinator of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions in northern Pakistan.  Sherzad provides insight into a unique community-based model, discussing gender-aware planning, productive end use, successful management practices, climate finance, and more.  Read more and watch the video podcast below. 
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