Our work areas
people don't have access to electricity. That's about one in ten people worldwide.
people don't have access to clean cooking solutions. That's around one-third of the worldwide population.
of people without electricity live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our work on energy access includes access to electricity and access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.
We focus on catalyzing financing for scalable and integrated programming in nexus areas, including health, agriculture, and gender, to enable progress on multiple Sustainable Development Goals. As such, we prioritize projects that support the productive use of energy. In addition, ongoing country-level action assessment opportunities aim to maximise impact by building on existing initiatives, and identifying new ones, to at least half participating countries’ current energy access deficit by 2025.
We work across a range of contexts to reach last-mile communities – urban and rural, in least developed, developing and emerging countries. The majority of our energy access portfolio is in sub-Saharan Africa, where 75% of the world’s un-electrified population and 40% of the world’s population without access to clean cooking lives.
What is Sustainable Development Goal 7?
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
What is the productive use of energy?
What is the productive use of energy, and how can it help progress on the Sustainable Development Goals? We explain here how the productive use of energy boosts livelihoods and enables socio-economic development for the world's poorest.
Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report
The Energy Progress Report aims to provide the international community with a global dashboard to register progress on energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy and international cooperation to advance SDG 7.
De-Risking Renewable Energy Investments (DREI) Framework
UNDP's Derisking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) introduces an innovative, quantitative framework to assist policymakers in developing countries to cost-effectively promote and scale-up private sector investment in renewable energy.