Universal Access to Energy

Practical Action Southern Africa

Our goal is to increase universal energy access through provision of modern energy for cooking,lighting in poor rural areas and advocating for pro-poor energy policies that expand access to people living in rural and peri urban communities.


  • Scale up hydro-work in Malawi - Energy Access Accelerator
  • Expansion of hydro work in Manicaland and solar work in Masvingo
  • Support to decenrtralize energy access in Niassa and Cabo Delgado in Mozambique
  • Promoting energy for cooking initiatives in Eastern and Central provinces of Zambia
  • Lead research on small scale bio-fuel production and utilisation,carbon

Core Approaches

  • Total Energy Access
  • Community Based Approaches
  • Energy Access Accelerator

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.

Current projects

Completed projects

The following projects have now completed, but are included here for reference and learning.

Energising the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) – Setting the Enabling Environment (E-MINDSET)
Energy plays a crucial role in sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development; social, economic, and environmental, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, education, and gender-related issues. Whilst improved access to modern energy services is crucial for the overall socio-economic development of the region, lack of local knowledge and skills in the area of energy planning has severely constrained the development of local energy initiatives with a focus on poverty reduction.

GENEZ - Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe
Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe (GENEZ) is a networking initiative which intends to engender energy access issues and intends to empower women by bridging the gap between men and women on issues of energy.

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