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Energy Resilience

102+ million

people are forcibly displaced from their homes in 2022.


of displaced people in camps do not have access to electricity.


of people living in camps rely on firewood and charcoal for cooking.

$10 billion

are needed to cover all refugee energy needs globally between 2022 and 2030.

We work with partners to provide reliable, affordable energy to communities affected by conflict and crises to help them meet basic needs in the short-term and build back better in the long-term.

UNDP programming focuses on using decentralized sustainable energy solutions as an enabler to build back better after crisis and to mainstream sustainable energy solutions into long-term crisis recovery plans and investments.  

Communities displaced by war and disasters are among the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.  Lack of access to energy is a major barrier for meeting basic needs. Helping them recovery and build back sustainability revolves in many ways around restoring access to sustainable energy. The deployment of humanitarian energy solutions is key to resume development pathways.  

Our focus

  • Decentralized solutions for energy access in crisis context: For communities affected by crisis and conflict, UNDP’s approach goes beyond restoring energy access in and of itself, but rather as a means of combating poverty and inequality generated by situations of displacement, addressing basic household energy needs, restoring power to clinics, schools and other public services, fueling water systems for agriculture and basic needs, and empowering micro, small and medium enterprises  and community livelihoods so communities can regain a decent way of life and resume development pathways. A dedicated focus in recent years has also been to expand energy resilience in key sectors such as the health sector to effectively respond to COVID-19 and Ebola crises.  

  • Strategic upstream advisory support to countries to mainstream sustainable energy solutions into long term crisis recovery plans and investments, to advance opportunities for a green recovery from situations of war, disasters or the pandemic. This helps partners identify opportunities for creation of competitive, reliable, affordable energy markets as well as policy de-risking instruments to accelerate financing and private sector engagement in crisis affected countries. 

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