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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  • Imagine bringing up your toddler here?
    I recently visited Kisumu, Kenya, where Practical Action is working with two local partner organisations (KUAP and Umande Trust) in a five-year project to transform the sanitation situation for 64,200 residents of the city’s informal settlements. We visited families to understand the extreme challenges faced by parents and carers looking after children under 5 years. As a Mum of two, the youngest of whom turns 6 next month, I could easily make comparisons. There are so many different stages babies, […]
  • CLTS making an impact on sanitation in Kisumu
    Over the last year or so, Practical Action and our partner organisations KUAP and Umande Trust, have been rolling out a programme of urban-adapted CLTS (community-led total sanitation) in informal settlements in Kisumu. The work is part of a five-year project supported by Comic Relief. Last week I visited and was treated to a demonstration of some of the team’s favourite tools, as they described both what works best, and some of the challenges of taking these tools designed for […]
  • Habitat III: The buzz word is “implementation” – but will anything really change?
    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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