Practical Action will be participating in the 2018 Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Forum to highlight the energy access needs of some of the world's poorest communities. We will be advocating for approaches to energy policy and practice that we believe, through our decades-long experience in this field, will quickly, efficiently and most sustainably provide energy-poor communities with the sorts of energy services that will enable them to thrive. 

SEforAll Forum 2018 Lisbon 2-3 May 

Image of Lisbon, where the SEforAll Forum 2018 will be held

The UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforAll) has been a key driving force in elevating the status of energy access globally in recent years. Since SEforAll's inception in 2012, it has been widely understood that, for universal energy access to be achieved, government, the private sector and civil society must work together. This multi-stakeholder approach has been supported by Practical Action from the very beginning.

The annual SEforAll forums provide an opportunity to put this into practice. Here, stakeholders working to achieve universal energy access from across the globe convene to learn from each other, forge partnerships to bolster momentum around the SDG7 agenda, and commit to innovative approaches for achieving universal energy access.

Practical Action's key messages

At the Forum we will:

    • Advocate for the unique energy requirements of refugees and displaced populations;
    • Highlight the investment needs of energy-poor consumers and the local enterprises seeking to provide energy services to remote communities;
    • Explore the gender dimensions of energy access, and consider how best to scale-up sustainable access pathways for the most vulnerable people;
    • Promote the role of market activation in catalysing and growing sustainable energy markets. 

Practical Action's participation

In order to ensure the needs and priorities of energy-poor communities are heard, we are contributing to several sessions at the Forum: 


Key Publications

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Poor People's Energy Outlook 2017, Financing National Energy Access: A Bottom Up Approach

The 2017 edition of the Poor People's Energy Outlook (PPEO) considers how to best finance national integrated energy access plans for Bangladesh, Kenya and Togo based on the PPEO 2016 analysis.

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PPEO 2017 summary report – Financing National Energy Access: A Bottom Up Approach

Briefing paper summarising key findings and recommendations from the Poor People's Energy Outlook (PPEO) 2017 report. In this edition of the PPEO, which builds on analysis and recommendations from...

 
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Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

This report draws on primary research to present the energy access situation in the refugee camps of Goudoubo in Burkina Faso and Kakuma I in Kenya. It focuses on cooking, lighting and power in

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Solving the last mile distribution channel: a call to action from the global distributors collective

One billion people lack access to electricity, 663 million people lack access to clean water, 815 million people are chronically undernourished, and 3 billion people lack access to clean cooking

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Sustainable Humanitarian Energy Services: Inclusive participation, lessons learnt, and paths forward

The provision of sustainable energy in humanitarian settings is a relatively new sector: as it scales up, it is vital that the needs and aspirations of refugees are placed at the centre of

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Taking the Pulse: Understanding Energy Access Market Needs in Five High-Impact Countries

This report, written by Paolo Mele (Practical Action) and Toby Couture (E3 Analytics), is one of three produced by SEforAll as part of the Energizing Finance series. The report provides a pathway

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