Featured publications

  • SEFA Advocacy PowerPoint PresentationSEFA Advocacy PowerPoint PresentationAug 1, 2012This presentation can be used for outreach and advocacy activities on Sustainable Energy for All.

  • Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from UNDP-GEF ProjectsJun 1, 2008The report provides a review of the active UNDP-GEF wind energy portfolio. It looks at the design, costs and efficiency of existing projects, drawing on the experience of 14 wind energy projects that have been financed through UNDP to help national governments implement wind energy public policies.

  • FAQs: How Do Rural Energy Services Reduce Poverty?Mar 1, 2005The document is a compilation of frequently asked questions about the multifunctional platform (MFP). It contains information about the role of energy services in poverty reduction, linkage between rural energy services and MDGs, MFPs and MDGs, scaling up MFPs, and policy issues.

  • Clean Energy for Development and Economic GrowthClean Energy for Development and Economic GrowthOct 1, 2002The document explores the linkages between renewable energy, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and climate change in developing countries. In particular, the paper places emphasis on biomass-based energy systems. Biomass energy has a number of unique attributes that make it particularly suitable to climate change mitigation and community development applications.

  • Bioenergy Primer: Modernised Biomass Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentOct 1, 2002The primer is designed to help facilitate the practical realization of sustainable modernized bioenergy activities, including the technical, policy and institutional aspects. It notes that bioenergy is an important potential contributor to sustainable energy strategies and can contribute directly to poverty alleviation.

  • Fact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable DevelopmentFact Sheet: Energy, Gender and Sustainable DevelopmentOct 19, 2007The fact sheet provides a brief overview on how access to better energy services can improve women's social, economic and political status. It notes that greater sensitivity to gender issues increases the effectiveness of energy programmes and policies, as well as other types of development activities that involve energy use.

  • Reducing Rural Poverty through Increased Access to Energy Services: MPP in MaliApr 1, 2004The report reviews experiences of the Multifunctional Platform Project in Mali and documents how modern energy services affect people's lives in terms of income, education, and rural women's status and health. It presents analytical insights into key factors affecting the relationship between energy services and development outcomes.

  • Opportunities for Biomass Energy Programmes –Lessons Learned in Europe & the CISMar 1, 2007The report discusses the experiences and lessons learned from five UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects in Europe and the CIS. It focuses on lessons for biomass project development and implementation for market transformation in the region and makes recommendations for the development and implementation of new biomass projects.

  • Heating in TransitionOct 28, 2005The publication is the third issue of UNDP/GEF 'Lessons for the Future' series and it focuses on the evolution of the barrier removal model for service delivery, emerging trends in project financing and management issues relevant to heating projects. The analysis refers primarily to the 20 heating projects in the UNDP-GEF portfolio and pipeline.

  • Bridging the divide through sustainable and innovative energy technologiesJan 14, 2010This expert report highlights the need to bridge the divide between climate change and poverty reduction through innovative energy technologies and to bring about transformational impacts to address these dual challenges. The report argues that providing financing for innovative ideas, low-cost, low-emission, and pro-poor technologies are effective measures to harness their potential.

Fast Facts - Universal Energy Access

Universal access to modern energy services is achievable by 2030. There are no fundamental technical barriers, and proven and innovative solutions exist. The capital investment required for universal energy access represents only around 3 per cent of the total global energy investment. Governments must make universal energy access a top political priority. Practical, effective and large-scale actions are needed to invest in capacity development, mobilize public-private partnerships and massively scale up successful and innovative solutions to overcome extreme energy poverty.