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.
This programme developed and promoted evidence-based policy and programme guidance on low-carbon energy investments to benefit poor people, especially women and girls.
The programme began by systematically mapping evidence on the developmental impacts of expanding access to modern forms of energy. On the basis of this review, IDS then identified which policy approaches work best and worked with energy access programmes to evaluate and promote specific interventions.
The programme was led by Ana Pueyo.