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  • Woman bends over to put a small plastic cup in a cooking pot, which is on a stove.

    Tailored cooking solutions to close the gender gap

    An IIED study in Kitui, Kenya, explores how understanding households’ cooking needs can help improve the uptake of improved cooking devices and promote gender justice in the cooking space

    11 April 2022 | Blog | Energy
  • A man stands behind a desk raising an object in the air as he makes a demonstration to people seated in a semi-circle around him.

    Which green energy technologies will boost jobs and income? Farmers in Kitui, Kenya decide

    Informed by the needs and priorities of local communities, a project in Kitui county, Kenya has been exploring how green energy technologies can create employment and generate more profit for agriculture and poultry farmers

    7 April 2022 | Blog | Energy
  • A group of men and women wearing masks stand around a device being demonstrated by a man.

    Energy enabling green development and recovery in Kitui County, Kenya

    IIED and partners are strengthening the Kitui County government’s capacity for co-creating energy plans and designs with communities. The project focuses on emissions reductions and resilience in agriculture and livestock, and the additional barriers that female farmers face to success

    16 February 2022 | Project | Energy
  • Outdoor shopping arcade with business adverts

    Productive uses of energy support sustainable and resilient livelihoods in least developed countries

    A new briefing examines how productive use(s) of energy (PUE) can support more sustainable and resilient livelihoods in least developed countries, and offers case studies showing that finance, skills development and dismantling structural issues that prevent uptake are essential to drive demand for and development of PUE

    17 September 2021 | News | Energy
  • A woman holds a poster with instructions. Another one holds a loudpseaker and points at a poster.

    Building resilience and greening the COVID-19 recovery in least developed countries

    Least developed countries (LDCs) are currently dealing with multiple shocks from both climate and COVID-19-related impacts. IIED and country partners have been undertaking in-depth research to explore policy responses to build forward better from COVID-19 from the LDCs’ perspective

    15 September 2021 | Project | Climate change
  • Mechanical workshop

    Productive uses of energy: what does it take to stimulate demand?

    Off-grid energy systems are increasingly being used to reach less-densely populated rural areas around the world.

    17 June 2021 | Event | Energy
  • Woman looking to the front holding a water hose, a solar panel in the background

    Where’s the capital for homegrown companies? Why energy access investments in Kenya need to go local

    The importance of local investments in energy access in Kenya is the focus of IIED's Kevin Johnstone

    29 December 2020 | Blog | Energy
  • A carpenter uses a jointer powered by a mini-grid

    Productive uses of energy to jumpstart livelihoods

    Stimulating productive uses of energy is critical to catalyse income-generating activities and for the sustainability of energy systems, especially in rural communities

    9 December 2020 | Article | Energy
  • A woman wearing a chef's uniform and hat poses in front of a breadmaking machine

    Getting personal: tailoring support to power up Tanzania’s rural businesses

    Drawing on new survey findings, Sarah Best discusses how customising support for small and micro businesses in rural Tanzania could unlock productivity

    1 December 2020 | Blog | Energy
  • Woman weighing a bag with a scale.

    Equipped and productive: better financing for community businesses in Tanzania

    Principal researcher Ben Garside provides a taster of the growing opportunities for community businesses in Tanzania to use new energy supplies productively to expand and develop their businesses, while discussing the associated financing challenges

    26 November 2020 | Blog | Energy
  • A crowd gathers outside to see a presentation

    Energy, finance and community business – where is the money?

    This online event, on 30 November, explored what mechanisms can enable community businesses and farmers to access the financing they need to grow their businesses by using energy productively

    13 November 2020 | Event | Energy
  • Woman silhouetted in front of gas flare

    SUNGAS: Ensuring sustainable energy access in Nigeria

    The SUNGAS project brought partners together to ensure access to energy and community-based energy facilities in some of the poorest communities in Nigeria

    20 October 2020 | Project | Energy
  • Solar energy panel on a hut.

    How can subsidies accelerate universal energy access?

    Access to affordable, reliable and clean energy remains one of the greatest development challenges. This event on Thursday, 22 October 2020 explored the role that subsidies as a form of public finance can play in achieving universal access to energy

    2 October 2020 | Event | Economics
  • A group of people line up in front of a mountain background.

    Building green and inclusive energy

    As part of a global advocacy programme and network promoting renewable energy access, IIED and partners built a social innovation ‘Energy Change Lab’ that works with pioneers in Tanzania to build an energy system that is sustainable and people-centred

    1 October 2020 | Project | Energy
  • A man and woman sat down cooking with a charcoal cookstove.

    Calibrating cooking to affect deforestation and violence against women in displaced settings

    Cooking activities, deforestation and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are dynamics that closely interact in displacement settings across the globe. Commissioned by Irish Aid, IIED’s study on cookstoves and fuels examined options for displaced communities in Kigoma, Tanzania, and considered lessons from other countries

    21 September 2020 | Project | Energy
  • Men and women sitting around a table, writing on poster-like papers

    Inclusive and integrated energy planning in Kitui County, Kenya

    IIED and partners are supporting the Kitui county government in Kenya to develop an integrated energy plan using our ‘Energy Delivery Model’ approach

    21 September 2020 | Project | Energy
  • Solar panel

    Aggregating off-grid energy solutions to deliver SDG7 energy access

    IIED spoke with 23 companies in Bangladesh, Nepal and East Africa that have received financing from three intermediaries or ‘aggregators’. Our analysis shows the promise of aggregating off-grid solutions as a method to attract more financing for energy access

    21 September 2020 | Project | Energy
  • Solar panels on the ground next to a lake.

    Working in partnership towards more inclusive Sustainable Energy for All

    IIED is actively working with a range of collaborators to raise awareness, secure financing and ensure smart partnerships in order to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, especially for the poorest households

    15 September 2020 | Article | Energy
  • A cereal shop, a corner shop and a computer, printing and photocopy shop.

    Energy, finance and community business – show us the money

    More ways are emerging to help businesses across sub-Saharan Africa get the energy finance they need to grow – but small businesses in rural communities are still missing out. What are their options?

    18 August 2020 | Blog | Economics
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    Latest IIED podcast puts the focus on energy access

    The second episode of IIED's new ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast highlights the importance of energy access as a driver for sustainable development

    15 November 2019 | News | Economics
  • Wind power turbines and electricity pylons alongside one another in China

    Delivering energy access for all: Make Change Happen podcast episode 2

    Nearly one billion people are still without access to electricity, and nearly three billion people lack clean, safe cooking facilities. IIED's new podcast focuses on how to deliver sustainable energy access for the world’s poorest

    14 November 2019 | Article | Economics
  • People installing solar panels in a field

    Accelerating energy access with aggregation

    Our ‘Insights’ series highlights links between business and sustainability. Our latest study looks at access to energy, and focuses on the potential for financial aggregation to channel funds to millions of off-grid energy projects

    13 November 2019 | Article | Energy
  • People putting up solar panels

    Inclusive finance for universal energy access

    The financing gap for universal energy access (Sustainable Development Goal 7) is persistent and enormous. IIED is exploring how finance instruments and models can be better calibrated to achieve energy for all

    13 November 2019 | Article | Economics
  • A large solar panel with Nepalese mountains in the background.

    Critical theme: How can inclusive finance accelerate universal energy access?

    In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 7 – universal energy access – by 2030, the enormous public and private energy financing gap must be bridged. On 14 November 2019, IIED hosted a critical theme to debate the role that investors and finance intermediaries could play to reach SDG7

    25 October 2019 | Event | Energy
  • A group of fishermen on a boat in Bangladesh

    Leave no one behind: assessing policy choices

    At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals lies a promise to ‘leave no one behind’. IIED worked with partners in Asia and Africa to ask what the phrase means to different groups and what action is needed to turn it from rhetoric to reality

    20 May 2019 | Project | Energy
  • Rural welders use mini-grid electricity to generate income (Photo: Energy Change Lab)

    Power that changes lives: three lessons from a rural energy champion

    Mini-grids are providing rural communities in Tanzania with the energy they need to move beyond powering household appliances, to generating new business and boosting the local economy

    19 September 2018 | Blog | Energy
  • A local blackout in Dar Es Salaam. Power outages in Tanzania's capital are often caused by old cables and transformers (Photo: jay grandin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Improving Tanzania’s power quality: can data help?

    Ben Garside and Davida Wood discuss whether customer-sourced data can help unpick the problems of electricity supply in Tanzania

    29 June 2018 | Blog | Energy
  • The sun beats down on Dongo village, Tanzania. Children walk with cattle while women carry water buckets (Photo: Chih-Jung Lee)

    Shining a light on energy consumers in rural Tanzania

    Chih-Jung Lee examined what's driving energy use for villagers in Tanzania. In this blog, Lee shares her findings and offers insights to mini-grid developers for meeting diverse consumer demand

    12 March 2018 | Blog | Energy
  • Esilalei, Tanzania: Teresia Olotai uses a refrigerator plugged into a solar powered micro-grid. Delivering energy access in rural Tanzania could help transform local economies (Photo: Morgana Wingard, USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How energy can generate growth in Tanzania's rural economy

    A workshop in Tanzania explored how off-grid energy can power opportunities for economic growth in rural communities. Guest blogger Basil Malaki reports back

    21 September 2017 | Blog | Energy
  • Oxen plough teams bring bigger fields and easier farmwork (Photo: Camilla Toulmin/IIED)

    Notes from the field – Dlonguebougou, Mali

    Returning to the village in Mali she first studied 35 years ago, senior fellow Camilla Toulmin finds three changes remarkable

    11 April 2017 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  •  Esther Msafiri demonstrates using electricity for oil pressing in Njombe region, Tanzania (Photo: Sarah Best/IIED)

    Powering local development in Tanzania

    New research from IIED and Hivos shows the potential for energy entrepreneurs to scale up productive energy use in Tanzania. But to make it work, funders and policymakers need to provide incentives, support experimentation, and encourage collaboration

    24 February 2017 | Blog | Energy
  • A demonstration of solar PV products by the Energy and Environment Partnership in Tanzania's southern Iringa Region gathers an audience of all ages (Photo: EEP Southern and Eastern Africa, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Bringing solar out of the shadows

    For Tanzania to meet its energy needs - and in a way that is sustainable - huge levels of finance are required to boost its decentralised energy sector. But the latest research shows current funding flows are way off target.

    20 February 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman carries a Nile perch landed at Got Kachola, Kenya, where the NGO Renewable World is establishing community-run energy hubs for fish chilling and other local energy needs (Photo: Sarah Best/IIED)

    Four challenges to powering local economies

    There has been remarkable advances in energy access for rural households. But building the wider economy requires energy services that power new jobs and enterprises

    12 September 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • A community discusses water and energy challenges in Alango, Kenya (Photo: Ibrahim Jarso, Resource Advocacy Program)

    Participatory investment planning for environment, water and energy in the dryland of northern Kenya

    Water availability is variable and unpredictable in the drylands, where energy options and ecosystem processes differ from those in more humid environments. These environmental characteristics can have a positive or negative effect on human activities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    25 August 2016 | Project | Climate change
  • Mobile phones being sold in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Access to information and new technologies will be key to help delivering transformational change to the world's poorest countries (Photo: ConDev Center, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Painting a new picture of development

    Can the Sustainable Development Goals trigger a new approach to development in the world's Least Developed Countries? A dialogue event explored the potential

    17 June 2016 | News | Policy and planning
  • Villagers in Chitral protest about unreliable electricity supplies (Photo: Ground Report, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Crucial role of civil society in campaigning for universal energy access

    IIED senior researcher Sarah Best focused on the important role of civil society organisations (CSOs) can play in advancing universal energy access when she spoke at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

    16 March 2016 | News | Energy
  • A proper technological integration would make feasible the implementation of more micro-grids such as this one, pictured, on Chile's border with Bolivia (Photo: Boris Lopicich)

    What will speed up the micro-grid revolution?

    For investors to have greater confidence in micro-grid electricity generation, more attention needs to be paid to ensuring technology operates well in rural communities

    24 November 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • Among IIED's work on ways to ensure that the benefits of energy systems reach the people who currently lack access to energy are energy labs in Tanzania, explains Ben Garside (Image: IIED)

    Understanding the SDGs: powering Goal Seven

    IIED senior researcher Ben Garside says the Sustainable Development Goal on energy will be a powerful driver for development

    24 September 2015 | News | Energy
  • Companies such as SteamaCo are making energy easier to access in remote villages in Kenya by using 'microgrids' (Photo: Sam Duby, SteamaCo)

    Feeding into energy access: data-driven funding

    Data on rural electricity use in unconnected parts of the world could support new ways of funding renewable technologies, providing access to those who need it most

    14 July 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • The first photograph taken of Earthrise by Apollo 8 in December 1968. The Apollo Programme to Combat Climate Change proposes large-scale public investment and determined political effort from powerful states to take down carbon energy sources (Photo: NASA/woodleywonderworks, Flickr, via Creative Commons)

    What should a no-carbon democracy look like?

    Halting planetary warming is fundamental. But as we find safe and affordable solutions to our future society's energy needs, how could we build a world that is more equal and more democratic?

    13 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • South Africa: Anna with friends and family in front of her new solar water heating system. It is often more cost-effective to provide energy services to poor communities via off-grid sources (Photo: Abri le Roux, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Public and private sectors: delivering energy access for people living in poverty

    Representatives from the private and public sectors will meet this week in Brussels to discuss innovations in financing and supporting energy services for people living in poverty, as part of the European Development Days (EDD).

    4 June 2015 | News | Energy
  • A community-based green energy project: Sinteyo and the women's group with solar panels at the greenhouse in Isiolo, Kenya (Photo: Annie Bungeroth/CAFOD)

    Sharing the load: who pays for energy access?

    Finance for off-grid energy is increasing – the big challenge is working out how best to blend public and private investment to deliver energy services for poor communities

    29 May 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • Fishermen from Mayadip Island, Bangladesh. IIED will be discussing Bangladesh's work on payments for sustainable fisheries at the EDD15 forum (Photo: Matthew Becker, the Advocacy Project, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at European Development Days 2015

    IIED researchers and partners will run sessions on economic incentives for fisheries management and delivering energy for poor communities at this year's European Development Days (EDD15) in Brussels. Dr Essam Mohammed, senior researcher in IIED's fisheries team, will moderate a high-level presentation on economic incentives for fisheries management in Bangladesh, and IIED senior researcher Sarah Best will participate in a session on energy access for poor communities

    18 May 2015 | Event | Energy
  • A vendor in India uses energy produced by a micro-grid funded by SunFunder (Photo: Sameer Halai/SunFunder)

    Off-grid energy powered by the crowd

    Crowdfunding provides a potential source of funding to improve access to electricity in countries such as India, but financial regulations are a barrier

    9 April 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • Which is the best approach when working for sustainable energy for all? (Photo: Bernard Polet, via Flickr)

    How can we finance sustainable energy for all?

    Leading politicians and thinkers are being urged to make sustainable energy available to all. Achieving this goal requires research in how people and communities use energy and how sustainable energy can be financed

    15 December 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • Low-cost solar lanterns enable a boy to study at home in the small village of Shidhulai in the Natore District of northwestern Bangladesh (Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS)

    Universal energy access: combining public and private sector efforts

    Donors, governments and businesses need to collaborate more strategically to finance pro-poor energy access. This is a key message from a new IIED discussion paper Sharing the Load

    30 September 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Renewable energy has a place to play in providing energy access to small farms (Photo via Google reuse rights))

    Calling all energy and agriculture experts: meet, talk and collaborate

    Many of the 500 million small farms that produce the bulk of food consumed in developing countries have no access to modern energy services. Why doesn't more research and innovation focus on getting energy to them?

    29 April 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • Collecting water from a solar-based purification system supplied by CAFOD. Chila Union, Mongla District, Bangladesh. Photo: Photo: Paula Nyunt / CAFOD

    Energy delivery models that work for people living in poverty

    Access to modern, safe, affordable and sustainable energy is increasingly recognised as crucial for development. Designing the delivery of energy services that can meet the needs and wants of end-users, in particular those of men and women living in poverty, is a complex task that requires a range of skills (technical, managerial and financial) and cooperation between multiple stakeholders. Equally, scaling up services successfully requires adapting delivery models to different local contexts rather than simple replication or a “one size fits all” approach.

    13 September 2013 | Article | Energy
  • A girl studies under the light of a rechargeable solar lamp

    Improving people’s access to sustainable energy

    1.3 billion people have no electricity and 2.7 billion people do not have clean and safe access to energy for cooking. This means that around 40% of the world’s population breathe in toxic smoke created when burning charcoal, wood, coal or animal waste to cook their food.

    26 October 2012 | Project | Energy
  • Closeup of the flame of a small oil lamp.

    Energy equity: can the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative make a difference?

    The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (abbreviated to SE4ALL) has set three goals to be attained by 2030: 1) ensuring universal access to modern energy services; 2) doubling the rate of improve

    29 March 2012 | Blog | Energy
  • Group of standing and seated people pose for a photo

    CHOICES: community energy in South Africa

    IIED and OneWorld brought local communities in South Africa closer to energy planning processes by exploring the feasibility of community-participation models for delivering rural energy services to communities without electricity in the Eastern Cape

    31 October 2010 | Project | Energy
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