This Policy Brief is divided in 3 parts. Part I provides an overview of current and anticipated trends in energy poverty and their impact on development. This part evidences the magnitude of energy poverty challenge vis a vis public resources and ODA, but also the significant opportunities related to emerging clean energy solutions. Part II discusses some of the key financial and non-financial challenges related to financing clean energy access for the poor.
Members of the media are invited to attend the High-level side event hosted by UNCDF, UNDP-GEF, the Government of Austria and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) within the
Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The event will address the challenges posed by energy poverty and present innovative approaches that allow low-income population and micro-enterprises to have access to clean energy.
This paper argues that good, local-level mechanisms for environmental governance are not only likely to lead to productive natural resource management practices that improve the productivity of local rural economies and increase economic growth, but also to increase awareness of the importance of environmental issues, enhance local responsibilities and accountability and, finally, strengthen local democracy.
The publication focuses on Africa and the specific situation of food insecurity for millions of African women and men. In fact, some of its observations and recommendations are also pertinent in other contexts worldwide. The book primarily aims at stimulating further exchange and debate within the UN system and among our development partners and our national government counterparts.