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Solar Photovoltaics in Africa: Experiences with Financing and Delivery Models

The second issue of the UNDP/GEF "Lessons for the Future" series focuses on solar PV. It explores questions about the best ways to make PV solar systems accessible, affordable, and sustainable to rural people in developing countries keeping in mind the constraints, opportunities, andmore

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Strategy on Scaling up Access to Modern Energy Services

The report on the East African Community Strategy outlines the current energy access situation and planned direction to the target date of 2015. It further highlights the existing gaps in the provision of modern energy services and draws attention to the enormous task that lies ahead if themore

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Sustainable Energy Services: The why and how of mainstreaming gender

The guideline is a part of UNDP's series, "Gender Mainstreaming: a Key Driver of Development in Environment & Energy." It looks at why gender is relevant to policymaking and programming in the area of sustainable energy services. more

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Sustainable Energy Strategies: Materials for Decision-Makers

The publication is intended to provide UNDP with the capacity for sustainable energy programme and policy development at the country level; to help identify and develop specific energy interventions in existing programmes; and to provide practical models demonstrating how energy could be used as anmore

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Sustainable Energy for All - Brief Guide to Advocacy Planning

The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All is a unique opportunity and platform to raise national public awareness and influence policies, commitments and action for the sustainable energy for all goal. Advocacy is considered the process of managing information and knowledgemore

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Technology provides rural access to energy, empowers Burkinabe women

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,more

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The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The UN-Energy paper focuses on the importance of energy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was drafted collectively by the United Nations (UN) agencies, programmes and organizations working in the area of energy, reflecting their insights and expertise. more

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The Energy Challenge: Paying in Pollution for Energy Hunger

The article, part of a New York Times series, examines ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient future. It explains that while renewable sources have made some inroads, government subsidies for diesel, kerosene and other fossil fuels have held down prices inmore

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The Forgotten Billion: MDG Achievement in the Drylands

The purpose of this publication is to highlight the development challenges faced by people who live in drylands and to outline how these challenges can be tackled successfully. Covering about 40 percent of the world’s land surface, dryland is home to more than 2 billion people in nearly 100more

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The Global Drylands Imperative: Devolving Resource Rights and the MDGs in Africa

The paper analyzes a sample of existing or in-formulation policy frameworks governing access and security of tenure over major natural assets such as land, forests and wildlife. The fundamental question that runs through the analysis in the paper concerns the extent to which security of resourcemore

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.