Pro-Poor Electricity Provision Programme

The UN Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change has called for a goal of universal energy access by 2030. Approximately 1.4 billion people still lack access to electricity, most of them living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Boys play football next to electricity pylons in Orange Farm, Gauteng, South Africa. Credit: Andrew Esiebo/Panos

This programme will develop and promote evidence-based policy and programme guidance on low-carbon energy investments to benefit poor people, especially women and girls.

The programme will begin by systematically mapping evidence on the developmental impacts of expanding access to modern forms of energy. On the basis of this review, IDS will then identify which policy approaches work best and work with energy access programmes to evaluate and promote specific interventions.

The programme will be led by Ana Pueyo in IDS' Climate Change team.

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Cost and Returns of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparison of Kenya and Ghana

IDS Evidence Report 190 (2016)

The allocation of finance for the provision of green electricity in sub-Saharan Africa should be informed by two questions. Which generation technologies are financially viable? And which generation technologies are affordable? More details


Financing Universal Access to Electricity

IDS Policy Briefing 99 (2015)

The recent emphasis on the provision of modern energy services as an important ingredient for development has improved finance availability for the goal of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). More details


Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy: Outputs April 2014 – March 2015

Accountable Grant Outputs Brochure (2015)

In much writing about development, policy and practice are portrayed as if they are joined at the hip. Policy shapes practice, while learning from practice informs policy processes. In this portrayal, practice is usually understood to refer to development practice, or how development programmes and projects are implemented. More details

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Pro-Poor Access to Green Electricity in Kenya

IDS Evidence Report 135 (2015)

Is Kenya on track to follow an electrification strategy that is green and pro-poor? What are the main challenges to following this path? The two questions guiding this study are particularly relevant in a country with exceptional renewable energy resources, but where 80 per cent of the population lacks access to electricity and 50 per cent lives in poverty. More details


What Explains the Allocation of Aid and Private Investment for Electrification?

IDS Evidence Report 123 (2015)

This paper aims to inform policy looking to step up investment in the electricity sector of developing countries and align it to other development goals such as universal access to energy or sustainability. More details


Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy: Outputs November 2012 – March 2014

Accountable Grant Outputs Brochure (2014)

Knowledge and evidence are important elements of all policy processes. While the availability of more or higher quality evidence does not guarantee better policy processes, it is difficult to imagine how development policy and outcomes can be improved without it. More details

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Maximisation of Benefits for the Poor of Investments in Renewable Electricity: A Policy Tool for Project Planning

IDS Evidence Report 86 (2014)

Energy poverty is a major development issue: nearly 1.2 billion people, or close to one-fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity. Close to 85 per cent of them live in rural areas After falling out of favour in the 1980s, electrification is again seen as central to poverty reduction efforts. More details

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Strengthening the Poverty Impact of Renewable Electricity Investments: Summary of E-Discussion

IDS Evidence Report 82 (2014)

On 19 and 20 March 2014 IDS convened an e-discussion on ‘strengthening the poverty impact of renewable electricity investments’. The event sought to instigate a global dialogue on what is required to maximise the poverty impact of clean electricity investments, as well as inform ongoing IDS work on this topic as part of our Accountable Grant with DFID. More details

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How does the Global Power Shift Affect the Low Carbon Transformation?

Report (2014)

Two transformations are likely to dominate the first half of the twenty-first century. One is the shift in economic power from the West (North America and Western Europe) to the East (China and the East Asian production system). The second is the transition from a high to low carbon economy. More details

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The Evidence of Benefits for Poor People of Increased Renewable Electricity Capacity: Literature Review

IDS Evidence Report 31 (2013)

Lack of access to electricity is seen as a major constraint to economic growth and increased welfare in developing countries. More details

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The Evidence of Benefits for Poor People of Electricity Provision: Scoping Note and Review Protocol

IDS Evidence Report 22 (2013)

This document sets out the background and context for a review to be undertaken by IDS assessing the extent and quality of the evidence base for the relationships between low carbon electricity capacity and benefits for poor people More details

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Real Time Monitoring Technologies for Pro-Poor Access to Electricity

IDS Evidence Report 12 (2013)

Existing literature strongly and consistently reports the high upfront cost of energy technology hardware as one of the main demand-side barriers to increased use of modern energy services by the poor. More details

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