iied
iied

Publications

Browse themes
About publications

Information for 17492IIED

Off-grid productivity: powering universal energy access

Kevin Johnstone

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

For communities in rural Africa to thrive, energy services must be affordable and reliable. But this is not enough. Energy services must be built around productive uses of energy (PUE) from the start: PUE activities are crucial to boosting demand for off-grid energy systems, while generating valuable income for remote communities and ultimately reducing poverty. Governments, mini-grid developers and partners can boost local demand for electricity by providing capacity building and long-term mentorship, along with customer financing and appliances. These stakeholders must collaborate closely to ensure a supportive policy framework is in place. To help jumpstart PUE, governments and donors should establish credit schemes and concessional loans, and experiment with finance instruments such as improved results-based financing and targeted subsidies for those who need them most. Across this work, women’s entrepreneurship must be targeted. Taking these actions to unleash PUE will help drive us to universal energy access.

Publication information

Download and Sharing

Free PDF 165k

Share with your network:

Match 6 / 82
See all      Close< >

Project information

Securing future food and energy security requires drastic changes to policy, markets and mindsets. To that end, IIED, in partnership with Hivos, is aiming to foster disruptive, citizen-focused initiatives in a "change lab" innovation process.

More at www.iied.org:
IIED-Hivos Partnership

We use cookies to help improve this website. Clicking any link on this site will be taken as your consent to this.