Practical Actions' poor people's energy briefing series offers critical input into the fast moving and dynamic energy sector from the perspective of what matters for poor people.

solar mini gridThe series complements Practical Action's flagship Poor People’s Energy Outlook,  which has, since 2010, been at the forefront of proposing new ways of understanding what energy access means for the poor, and what will be needed to address it.

This energy briefing series is a vehicle to share new evidence and learning. It aims to be thought-provoking and to challenge the business-as-usual approach to energy access debates. The series is a space for collaboration with energy access practitioners and policymakers. It seeks to inform how we can deliver on global, regional, and national energy access commitments, with one aim: to reach the universal energy access goal by 2030 and provide poor people with the energy services they demand, need, and have a right to.




Civil Society Participation in the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Meaningful participation of civil society is key to the success of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. Civil society organizations can act as trusted intermediaries between...


Enabling Energy Access for the Poor

Achieving universal energy access by 2030 will require a change from ‘business as usual’ approaches in policies, financing, and implementation. Practical Action’s Poor People’s Energy Outlook series...


Energy Access and Urban Poverty

The great majority of people without access to modern energy services are rural and, rightly, much of the discussion on energy access focuses on how to reach them. However, despite their greater...


Making Climate Change Mitigation More Meaningful

The global energy system is the single largest contributor to climate change, and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from energy is of paramount global importance to avoid...


The Energy–Water–Food Nexus at Decentralized Scales

This paper uses Practical Action’s experiences with micro-hydro schemes to connect global nexus debates to the experiences of and solutions for remote off-grid communities and smallholder farmers....


Poor People's Energy Briefing Series publications (French)


Participation de la société civile à l’initiative Sustainable Energy for All (énergie durable pour tous)

Une participation effective de la société civile est essentielle à la réussite de l’initiative SE4ALL (Énergie durable pour tous). Les organisations de la société civile peuvent faire office...


Permettre aux populations pauvres d’accéder à l’énergie

Pour atteindre l’accès universel à l’énergie d’ici 2030, les approches «traditionnelles» devront évoluer en termes de politiques, de financement et de mise en oeuvre. La série Perspectives...


Donner plus de sens à l’atténuation du changement climatique

Le système énergétique mondial est le facteur le plus important du changement climatique. Ainsi, réduire la consommation énergétique ainsi que les émissions de gaz à effet de serre a une importance...


Le nexus énergie-eau-alimentation à des échelles décentralisées

Ce document s’appuie sur l’expérience de Practical Action en matière de programmes de microcentrales hydroélectriques et vise à établir un lien entre les débats mondiaux sur le nexus (liens) et les...

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