Established in December 2013, Alianza Shire is the first Spanish multi-stakeholder partnership experience in the humanitarian field promoted by Spanish Cooperation.
Alianza Shire members are three leading companies in the energy sector (Acciona.org, Iberdrola and Signify), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Alianza Shire promotes innovative energy access solutions that improve the services and quality of life of the inhabitants in refugee camps, working in collaboration with partners and implementers. itdUPM as facilitating entity is in charge of coordinating the partnership and managing the project.
In the project taking place in Ethiopia, Alianza Shire works in collaboration with the Dutch NGO ZOA and the Administration for Refugee and Returnees Affairs (ARRA), the Ethiopian government body in charge of refugee issues.
After a first pilot project that benefited more than 8,000 people in northern Ethiopia, Alianza Shire was severely affected by the conflict (March 2021) in the Shire region.
Currently, Alianza Shire is developing a new project in Dollo Ado refugee camps, located in southeastern Ethiopia and close to the border with Somalia and Kenya.
Since its creation in 2013, Alianza Shire has been consolidating a transformative character that is characterized by:
- Scaling up from a prototype in a single camp to a project in 4 refugee camps with the introduction of new technologies and management models.
- The evolution of the dynamics of the Alianza Shire with an increase in the level of participation, alignment and trust of the partners over time.
- The importance given by the partners to the role of the facilitator in their role to generate a context of collaboration, co-creation and joint design, and the promotion of other transversal aspects such as communication.
- The institutionalization in the Alianza Shire of the processes of innovation and knowledge management.