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, can be expensive, inefficient and harmful. Further, 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 UN 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.