Lucy Stevens Urban Services and Energy

Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Energy and Urban WASH and waste management

Lucy’s interests are in two areas: energy access for the poor, and urban poverty with a particular focus on improving access to basic services for slum dwellers. She leads Practical Action’s international influencing work in these areas, for playing a leading role in producing the Poor People’s Energy Outlook.

Lucy has worked for Practical Action since 2002, with 10 years of experience in supporting multi-country projects in urban participatory planning and service delivery across Practical Action’s programmes in Africa and South Asia. She also led evidence and learning initiatives across the infrastructure services programme (covering both energy, WASH, housing and transport).

Lucy has an educational background in geography (Oxford) and development studies (IDS, Sussex), with her PhD (Oxford) looking at the sustainable livelihoods impacts of government slum upgrading programmes in South Africa, where she worked for a development consultancy C A S E.

 
 
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    This week in Quito, the UN Secretary General and delegations from around the world are gathering for the Habitat III conference, and to sign up to the “New Urban Agenda”. This is the first all-UN meeting since the SDGs were agreed and the Paris Climate Agreement was signed. It is a once-in-twenty years opportunity for all member states to agree to a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future for the world’s cities and urban spaces. Practical Action is here, speaking at […]
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    But Mummy, I CAAAAN’T WAIT – the familiar cry for anyone with children. Fortunately we live in a place where a safe, clean toilet our children can easily use, with soap and water on hand, is never far away. But this basic human right is not available to everyone. #wecantwait is the theme for this year’s World Toilet Day on 19th November. BAD NEWS: The 2015 JMP report finds that 2.4 billion people are still without access to improved sanitation […]
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    ‘Have you washed your hands?’ – a phrase that’s part of the repertoire of every parent’s cracked record soundtrack that includes other phrases such as ‘Come on!’ and ‘please stop poking your brother’… This week however, that global chorus gets amplified with multiple events in villages, towns and schools all over the world as people celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15th October. Practical Action will be leading celebrations or taking part in them in at least four countries across Asia […]
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