Worldwide, 1.3 billion people lack access to reliable electricity and 2.7 billion people live without access to clean cooking facilities. Within this context, energy for essential human needs, such as heating and cooking, often comes from wood- or kerosene-burning options, which can be expensive, inefficient and harmful. Further, cleaner and more modern energy services are vital for economic activity, health, social services, safety and wellbeing.
In recognition of the essential role that energy access plays in development, the U.N. Secretary General has launched a “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative that targets universal access to energy services by 2030.
Mercy Corps' experience shows that access to reliable, affordable and safe forms of energy can be transformational by amplifying development objectives and putting the conditions in place to build more secure, productive and just communities. To meet the goal of long-term and sustainable access to energy, Mercy Corps takes a dedicated market-based approach. Our programs work with a wide range of local and global commercial actors to help test and demonstrate business models that have the potential to scale-up to meet the energy needs of communities at the base of the pyramid.
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Uganda: Mercy Corps Market Analysis for Household Solar Products in the Acholi Sub-Region, Uganda
Energy poverty is a major driver of the overall poverty cycle in the developing world, contributing to poor health, environmental degredation and limited economic growth.
Global Energy Update FY 2014
Worldwide, 1.3 billion people lack access to reliable electricity and 2.7 billion people live without access to clean cooking facilities.
Timor-Leste: Illuminating market systems development in fragile environments
This learning study looks at the challenges and lessons learned by Mercy Corps' Energy For All (E4A) program in Timor-Leste, which facilitated existing actors to build a sustainable market for solar energy products and clean cookstoves.
Uganda: What motivates women to buy?
Working with improved cookstove suppliers, distributors and retailers, we've devised scalable sales, marketing and financing strategies to ensure a product built for women reaches them.
Myanmar: Myanmar Household Energy Market Assessment
Mercy Corps sees access to reliable, clean and affordable energy as a key building block for sustainable development, and energy poverty as a significant barrier to broader development efforts.
Uganda: Market Analysis for Fuel Efficient Cook Stoves in the Acholi Sub-region, Uganda
This report summarizes the results from the household energy and market assessment focused on cooking energy in the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda.
Guide to Fuel Efficient Stoves and Emission Testing
This simple guide lists some of the considerations that projects need to think about when choosing a stove in addition to providing information on some of the tools than can be used to help judge p