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Energy access

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  • 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
  • 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 | Article | 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. Without the lamp she couldn’t study at night as her home in Natore, Bangladesh has no access to electricity. Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS

    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.
  • CHOICES project team

    CHOICES community energy project, South Africa

    South Africa has made progress in low-carbon development, resource efficiency and climate resilience, but bringing communities into the energy planning processes will help to tackle poverty and improve sustainable development outcomes

    31 October 2010 | Project | Energy
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