The Poor People's Energy Briefing Series offers critical input into the dynamic and ever-evolving energy sector from the perspectives of poor people, while also exploring energy access through the lens of topical issues including urban energy poverty, climate change and civil society engagement.

solar mini gridNew ways of understanding energy access

The series complements Practical Action's flagship Poor People’s Energy Outlook which has, since its launch in 2010, been at the forefront of pioneering new ways of understanding what energy access means for the poor - and what will be needed to achieve universal energy access targets by 2030.

Collaboration and shared learning

The energy briefing series is a vehicle to share new evidence and learning; it aims to be thought-provoking and challenge the business-as-usual approach to energy access debates, that emphasises large-scale infrastructure growth and grid extension over new and innovative decentralised energy solutions which are more appropriate for meeting the energy needs of the rural poor. 

Delivering on universal energy access targets

The series is also a space for collaboration with energy access practitioners and policymakers. It seeks to inform how we deliver on global, regional, and national energy access commitments with one sole aim: to reach universal energy access goal by, if not before, 2030; providing poor people with the energy services that they want, need, and have a right to.



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...


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...


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....


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...


Smoke-free Nepal: Challenges and opportunities

Traditional cooking fires are still used in more than half the households in Nepal. But they are a silent killer, with their smoky fumes responsible for the deaths of nearly 23,000 people every...


Measuring Energy Access in India

Insights from applying a multi-tier framework in cooking energy and household electricity. This briefng paper reports on the largest energy access survey ever conducted in India, covering a...


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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