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 humanitarian response. In this paper, we explore how best practices and lessons from other development sectors can inform the delivery of energy in humanitarian settings. We suggest that energy service programmes in refugee camps can be more successful if organizations implement participatory, bottom-up, and market-based approaches. We highlight seven mechanisms and examples of best practice that implementers can adopt while responding to the energy needs of refugees.

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