The Poor People's Energy Outlook presents a unique perspective on energy
access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the
experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty.
It is widely agreed now that access to energy is a prerequisite for
poverty reduction and human development – modern energy services are
essential to meet basic and productive needs. And yet, the realities of
the relationship people living in poverty have with energy is not well
understood. This report seeks to address this issue in order to
reconnect energy policy.
The Poor People's Energy Outlook is organised into three chapters:
• Chapter 1 describes people's experience of six vital energy services;
Lighting, Cooking and water heating, Space heating, Cooling, Information
and communications, and energy for Earning a Living. It proposes a
framework for Total Energy Access, including a set of minimum energy
service standards and an energy access index.
• Chapter 2 features perspectives from five leading practitioners
discussing key issues in energy access; addressing challenges and
controversies in the sector.
• Chapter 3 presents an overview of the energy poverty outlook and the
long-term goal of universal energy access from sustainable sources. A
framework for action calls on the international community to rise to
this challenge. Recommendations on policy, financing and capabilities
are proposed towards creation of a vibrant energy access "ecosystem" of
energy product and service providers, engaging public, private and civil
This publication will be of interest to anyone seeking to better
understand energy access and its role in development at a human scale.
Practical Action believes that Universal Energy Access is a goal which
can be met by 2030 if we act now. We hope this publication provides new
insights into the dimensions of energy poverty, and how it can be overcome.
The report is available on the PPEO site and we welcome your comments
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