Key to ramping up progress on our global goals will be identifying the most effective elements of success stories that have arisen, learning lessons from these programmes, and adapting them for different and complex contexts. Building on PPEO 2016 (planning) and PPEO 2017 (financing), Poor people’s energy outlook 2018 examines six case study programmes across the clean cooking, decentralized electricity and grid extension sectors, to explore how to reach energy access at scale in an inclusive way. The report demonstrates that a range of energy access interventions is needed to achieve SDG7, and encourages holistic programmes that achieve scale across elements of demand, supply, policy and finance.
The world is not on track to achieve universal energy access by 2030 – but we still have an opportunity to change the direction we are heading. PPEO 2018 illustrates how we as a global community can deliver energy access at scale, while truly leaving no one behind.
Approaches to achieving scale and inclusivity
Clean fuels and cooking
Decentralized electricity access
The search for inclusivity at scale
Conclusion and recommendations
‘By focusing on the most vulnerable, often considered the last mile, first and by being inclusive, especially of women’s leadership, PPEO 2018 supports the SEforAll movement to go further, faster together and to make sustainable energy for all a reality in everyone’s lives.’
Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
‘Alongside grid extension and off-grid solutions, PPEO 2018 takes a close look at clean cooking fuels and technologies, highlighting the growing demand for alternative fuels, and the affordability gap that continues to stifle access and leave the very poorest even further behind.’
Peter George, Director, Enterprise Development and Investment, Clean Cooking Alliance
‘ PPEO 2018 emphasizes how incredibly important gender-sensitive programming is for countries to achieve their objectives around SDG7 and reach those last-mile consumers, but also quite simply to strengthen women’s empowerment, achieve greater gender equality and improve human wellbeing.’
Abby Mackey, Grants and Impact Manager, Solar Sister
‘The PPEO editions have proven to be an excellent means for bringing the need for increased energy access to the attention of a wider audience.’
Daniel Busche, Managing Director, Energising Development
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