789 million people in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America have no electricity and 2.8 billion lack access to clean, modern cooking facilities, with many people still cooking on open fires or inefficient stoves, using polluting fuels that take hours to gather and process, typically by women and children, and which emit harmful smoke.
The energy that is used is generally costly, inefficient and polluting, contributing further to climate change. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 aims to provide access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Access to energy improves livelihoods in many different ways, benefits the environment, and contributes to a range of SDGs including health, poverty, education and gender equality. This is why we promote energy access, and develop sustainable solutions that meet the needs of people who lack energy in their homes, businesses and wider community.
We bring together rural communities and displaced people with stakeholders including private sector providers and government decision makers, to harness the transformative power of clean energy.
Productive Uses of Energy (PUE)
Last Mile Distribution
Across all our work, cross-cutting factors including health, climate, gender, governance, and finance are integrated and considered.
Working with mini-grid developers to help build sustainable mini-grid models under local conditions, underpinned by community engagement and capacity building.
Analysis of energy market systems, to identify communities’ barriers to energy access and developing strategies for how these can be overcome.
Research on a range of areas to inform and advise governments on policy decision-making; covering energy needs, strategic planning, finance, and technologies.
Survey development and deployment, especially in remote settings.
Capacity building of communities and support to businesses and markets.
Designing and developing inclusive business models that aim to scale-up energy access and/or increase productive uses of energy.
Support for microenterprises to grow and thrive, including: value chain analyses; business plan development; capacity building; bringing together stakeholders and developing catalytic partnerships; providing training services and piloting innovations to bring costs down.
Deep understanding of energy and the agriculture systems so that we can bring stakeholders (from energy and agricultural technology companies, farmers, entrepreneurs, local communities and national policy makers) together to create change at a systemic level.
Influential advocacy work that contributes towards the achievement of SDG7. We push for an increased focus on energy access as a priority for development, as well as the critical role of women in bottom-up energy access planning processes.