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  • Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy (SDG-7) and gender equality (SDG-5), are key drivers for development and economic growth. While SDG-7 is necessary to power productive activities and enable socio-economic development, SDG-5 further catalyses progress, as women are more likely to reinvest their earnings in productive activities and vital services within their communities. To achieve universal […]

  • WASHINGTON, September 24, 2020—Four billion people around the world still lack access to clean, efficient, convenient, safe, reliable, and affordable cooking energy, a new World Bank report finds. While around 1.25 billion are considered in transition with access to improved cooking services1, the rest still cook with traditional polluting fuels and technologies with severe impacts […]

  •   Published annually, the Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report provides the most comprehensive look available at the world’s progress towards global energy targets on access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prepared by the custodian agencies for the SDG 7 indicators – the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy […]

  • This summer Ashden completed a three-year study examining the impacts of solar home systems and solar micro-grids in rural Tanzania. The research reveals how women and men are affected differently by the arrival of off-grid electricity in their homes.   This article was originally published on ashden.org website and can be accessed here. You can […]

  •   Despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. Ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 remains possible but will require more sustained efforts, particularly to reach some of the world’s […]

  • The Hague, 27 May 2019. Cooking with renewable electricity is now cost-competitive with other cooking alternatives in most developing countries, concludes a new report called Beyond Fire: How to achieve electric cooking by Hivos and World Future Council. This is a significant improvement from three years ago when the two organizations studied this for the […]

  • PPEO 2018 builds on PPEO 2016 (bottom-up energy access planning) and PPEO 2017 (financing for energy access) to explore how access to energy can be accelerated to achieve both the scale required to meet our global 2030 goals, and the inclusivity required to leave no-one behind. The report looks at clean cooking, decentralised electricity and grid-extension case study programmes across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia […]

  • We are pleased to share with you the release of the report on “Best Practices in Accelerating Access to Household Energy: A Collection of Evidence from wPOWER Partners” by the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). This report documents evidence-based best practices in the acceleration of household clean energy access, and highlights the involvement […]

  • Creation of biodigester markets in Africa is feasible, according to a new analysis from the Stockholm Environment Institute in collaboration with Hivos. With support from the US National Institutes of Health and the Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network; the biogas programmes of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda were evaluated using the RE-AIM framework, an approach that […]

  • The Multi-Tear Framework (MTF) survey is a global baseline survey on household access to electricity and clean cooking, which goes beyond the binary approach to look at access as a spectrum of service levels experienced by households. Resources included are raw data, codebook, questionnaires, sampling strategy document, and country diagnostic report. Formats include zip file […]

  • Transformation is picking up speed in the power sector, but urgent action is required in heating, cooling and transport The 2018 edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) reveals two realities: one in which a revolution in the power sector is driving rapid change towards a renewable energy future, and another in which […]

  • The Energy Progress Report provides a global dashboard on progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7). The report is a joint effort of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO), which the United Nations (UN) has named […]