Goal 1: Universal Access to Energy

Universal access to energy in East Africa

Our aim is to promote equitable access to modern energy services for cooking, lighting, communication and productive uses across the Eastern Africa region where women and men make informed choices to access appropriate and affordable energy technologies and services. We promote viable and efficient technologies with a focus on renewable household energies and decentralized energy systems.

We aim to influence donors and large institutions to adopt gender, social inclusion and market systems development models for decentralized energy services. We promote new approaches to stimulate demand for safer cook stoves and fuels and use our experience in the training and mentoring of last mile energy businesses to inspire other public and private sector actors to collaborate and adopt the model.

Working with private manufacturers/distributors and social marketing organizations, we aim to improve the understanding of last mile consumers and suppliers. We also facilitate energy service delivery for refugees and displaced persons.

We demonstrate models for women’s entrepreneurship, financing and delivery to underserved market segments and use our market systems approaches to the household energy products to inspire government, donors and CSOs to embrace responsible market facilitation.

Recent reports from this programme

Women energy entrepreneurs in Kenya (WEEK)

We are empowering women in Kenya to enable them to benefit from sustainable energy opportunities, both as entrepreneurs earning an income and as consumers with access to safe, sustainable energy solutions for their homes. This project is using a markets approach to build a self-sustaining industr...

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WEE Works - Women's Economic Empowerment

Women play an invaluable role in energy service and production value chains. They are massive game changers in ensuring universal energy access. Despite the fact that women make up over 50% of the Kenyan population, they have remained excluded from involvement in energy service...

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Trees for the future

A photostory illustrating how charcoal production in Kenya can be a sustainable process.

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Practical Action Eastern Africa's Energy Programme Capability Statement

Eastern Africa Energy Capability Statement

A brief on the regional stand on Energy Programming

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