Featured publications

  • Nov 13, 2009

    Access to small-scale finance tailored to low-income individuals, households, and businesses is extremely important for expanding access to modern energy services. This UNDP report looks at the current gap that exists between access to modern energy and small-scale finance and focuses on the role of governments in bridging that gap, and recommends priority actions to be taken by governments.

  • May 10, 2007

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank expressed their commitment to strengthen cooperation on energy access, an important advance in the drive for more efficient and more effective support to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

  • May 10, 2007

    The Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator noted the billions who live without access to basic energy services and their resultant entrenchment in poverty. He spoke about the nexus between the achievement of the MDGs and the positive impact of that thrust towards alleviating the poverty entrenchment while mitigating climate change issues.

  • Feb 23, 2010

    This joint initiative of the ECLAC, UNDP, and the club de Madrid reaffirms the importance of energy access in poverty reduction of the most vulnerable groups and achieving the MDGs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The report recommends strengthening governmental planning and processes to scaling up pro-poor programmers for the provision of energy access in rural communities.

  • Dec 12, 2004

    This toolkit and resource guide provides tools to help development practitioners ask the relevant questions needed to bring about better development and energy outcomes that are gender specific and that address the needs of women in particular.

  • Jan 1, 2005

    The study aims to help establish a better quantitative understanding of how the provision of energy services can lead to development outcomes that aid the achievement of the MDGs. It shows the relationship between energy service availability and the economic and social dimensions of the MDG framework by analyzing the developmental impacts of energy-related interventions in the three countries.

  • Nov 1, 2001

    Through eight case studies drawn from Africa and Asia on energy and women, the report provides concrete examples of how improving poor women's access to affordable and clean energy services can act as an entry point to achieving multiple development objectives, including income and employment generation, poverty reduction, the empowerment of women and local and global environmental objectives.

  • May 6, 2010

    Rural women farmers in Burkina Faso are benefiting from a regional energy and food processing programme that is turning them into entrepreneurs. Through this scheme, UNDP has helped to install 441 diesel-run generators mounted on a chassis to which a variety of processing equipment can be attached, including mills, alternators and battery chargers.

  • Mar 7, 2011

    In response to the UN General Assembly recently adopting a resolution to designate 2012 as International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the Environment Energy Group hosted an event with speakers from the World Bank, United Nations Foundation and GRATIS to explore opportunities for the international community to scale up efforts to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030.

  • May 25, 2007

    Member States of the ECOWAS Region have decided to engage on an ambitious regional policy in order to increase access to modern energy services. Their objective is to allow at least half of the population to have access to modern energy services by the year 2015. The paper describes this policy and sets time-bound regional targets that are ambitions but necessary for the achievement of the MDGs.

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