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Poor people's energy outlook 2013

"I have 12 years of work and that at this point in my life I have to continue working in conditions of a few centuries ago. The quality of life is low when teachers work in schools without power. The situation of unease and discomfort is constant – only the joy of children encourages me."

Ms Reque, a teacher at the Challa Chico School in rural Bolivia.

From lighting in streets and in the home, to power for water pumping, cooking, and basic processing and communications, access to energy enables people to live better lives. It also transforms health-care provision – enabling vaccines to be refrigerated, implements to be sterilized and diagnostic equipment to be powered.

Generating international attention and action on energy for community services is vital in order to address the fact that an estimated one billion people are served by health facilities and more than 50% of children in the developing world go to primary schools without any access to electricity.

The Poor people’s energy outlook (PPEO) 2013 focuses on the contribution that improved energy access can make to vital community services such as health, education and infrastructure services including water and street lighting.

The concept of Total Energy Access is central to the PPEO 2013. This is Practical Action’s approach to achieving universal energy access and it requires an understanding of who has access to energy across households, businesses and in the community, and how that energy is used.

The report also contains a refined and developed version of Practical Action’s Energy Access Ecosystems Index which was first proposed in our PPEO 2012. This Index is an exciting tool as it enables us to understand the environment in which change can happen. The PPEO 2013 provides improved indicators that can be used to measure an individual country’s progress towards achieving Total Energy Access.

Find out more about the Energy Access Ecosystems Index

Poor people's energy outlook 2013: Energy for community services

23 April 2013: As part of international launch events for the Poor people's energy outlook report 2013, Practical Action hosted a live Google Hangout focusing on the neglected yet critical area of energy for community services.

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Poor people's energy outlook 2013

The third edition of the PPEO series focuses on energy for community services. This report builds on our evidence base and our call for Total Energy Access by focusing on vital community services. It brings to life the experiences of people living in energy poverty in countries with varying geographical, environmental and development contexts such as Bolivia, Bangladesh and Rwanda. It places the spotlight on the contribution that improved energy access can make to health, education and infrastructure services such as water and street lighting.

Chapters for the Poor people's energy outlook 2013

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Microhydro case study- Bondo, Malawi

Theatre group in Nepal performing a play on energy access

Zimbabwe radio

Ahead of their report launch in Harare, the Practical Action Southern Africa team took to the airwaves with Zimbabwe’s Star FM to talk about energy access in the region and why the Poor people’s energy outlook report is important.

 

 

See what happened at the Brussels launch

Poor people's energy outlook 2013

The third edition of the PPEO series focuses on energy for community services. This report builds on our evidence base and our call for Total Energy Access by focusing on vital community services. It brings to life the experiences of people living in energy poverty in countries with varying geographical, environmental and development contexts such as Bolivia, Bangladesh and Rwanda. It places the spotlight on the contribution that improved energy access can make to health, education and infrastructure services such as water and street lighting.

Energy enables: building a new energy access narrative

A four-page policy brief to accompany the 2013 Poor People's Energy Outlook.

Previous year's reports: PPEO 2012 | PPEO 2010

Total Energy Access

Total Energy Access is Practical Action's approach to ending energy poverty in developing countries.

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Energy enables

As part of the Poor people’s energy outlook (PPEO) 2013 report launch on 6 March, we are creating an amazing mosaic picture to raise awareness about poor peoples' energy needs.

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Buy the Poor People's Energy Outlook

You can buy a printed copy of the PPEO 2013 from developmentbookshop.com

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Previous year's reports: PPEO 2012 | PPEO 2010

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