This step involves supporting the market actors to efficiently implement the support interventions building the 3 levels of the market system to ensure the more efficient delivery of the energy services leading to increased access.
‘From consensus to coordinated and collaborative action to transform the energy system’
Step 5 of the energy markets roadmap aims to further facilitate the market actors from the set of common interests and shared vision of their energy market system developing during Step 4, into practical collaboration and coordinated actions that make this vision a reality.
Facilitators Role: The facilitator’s role is to continue to provide direction and guidance to the market actors to change their energy system in ways that are beneficial to all actors, in particular the marginalised, and women. This is until a point where they can continue on their own, and the facilitator can gradually withdraw from the selected energy system. Facilitators need to focus on the positive momentum developed between the market actors during the participatory events to create change, including the conditions for turning their vision and plans into coordinated action leading to concrete changes in the selected energy market system.
Participatory planning: this consists of a set of principles, recommendations and action points to help the facilitator harness and leverage the interests and resources of the energy market actors already engaged in Step 4, and support them to become the main drivers of their own strategies and action plans. Facilitators need to support the market actors to adopt a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach, through carrying out effective facilitation, as well as monitoring, reflection, learning and planning of the process. Facilitators need to further empower the market actors, in particular the marginalised ones, to meet in new spaces to plan the delivery of their agreed actions. This includes helping them reach consensus between competing ideas, and prioritizing them according to their capabilities, resources and needs.
Prioritisation: A critical success factor in getting the market actors to own and drive their plans is effective prioritization. This involves supporting the actors to develop the skills and knowledge to decide which barriers and opportunities in the selected energy market system to focus their limited resources on, and in which order.
Marginalised Actor Focus: The facilitators need to continue to focus on the most important incentives for the market actors to meet and work together, particularly the marginalised, to build their relationships with other organisations and institutions. This will contribute to their ability to continue adapting to future challenges and opportunities after the end of the roadmap process. As the facilitation process moves into its final steps, groups of market actors need to start finding areas of synergy where their incentives overlap. These are the points the facilitators need to focus their energies on, to ensure sustained future participation and investments of the market actors in their energy system. If supported these overlapping incentives will lead to collaboration, trust and optimal solutions for the actors, including the marginalised and gender equal, resulting in sustained development of the selected energy system.