Access to energy enables people to live the lives that they value. The Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO) 2013 focusses on the vital impact that energy access has on community facilities such as health clinics and schools, and infrastructure services including water and street lighting. 

Energy for community facilities

A family visiting a health clinic

From lighting in streets and in the home to power for water pumping, cooking, and basic processing and communications, access to energy leads to increased development and improved human welfare. It also transforms health-care provision; enabling vaccines to be refrigerated, implements to be sterilized and diagnostic equipment to be powered.

Generating international attention and action on energy for community services is vital if we are to address the fact that an estimated one billion people are served by un-electrified health facilities globally, and more than 50% of children in the developing world go to primary schools without any access to electricity.

  • I have twelve years of work and, at this point in my life, I have to continue working in conditions of a few centuries ago. The quality of life is low when teachers work in schools without power. The situation of unease and discomfort is constant - only the joy of children encourages me. (Ms Reque, a teacher at the Challa Chico school in rural Bolivia)
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Total Energy Access

At the heart of the PPEO 2013 is the concept of Total Energy Access. As Practical Action’s approach to achieving universal energy access, this framework requires an understanding of who has access to energy across households, enterprises and in the community - and how that energy is used.

This report also contains a refined and developed version of Practical Action’s Energy Access Ecosystems Index which was first proposed in our PPEO 2012. This tool is exciting as it enables us to understand the environment in which change can happen. The PPEO 2013 also presents global material alongside new insights from Bolivia, Bangladesh and Rwanda, and provides improved indicators that can be used to measure an individual country’s progress towards achieving Total Energy Access.



Poor People's Energy Outlook 2013

The third edition of the PPEO series focuses on energy for community services. This report builds on our evidence base and our call for Total Energy Access by focusing on vital community services....


Energy enables: building a new energy access narrative

A policy brief outlining the key messages of the Poor People's Energy Outlook 2013 report

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