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  • Small business, big demand: facilitating finance for productive uses of energy in Tanzania

    Access to affordable and reliable energy enables growth of local economies. And demand for energy ensures feasibility of business models for decentralised energy solutions such as mini-grids. Demand is not necessarily automatic, and an important part of demand stimulation is through productive uses of energy (PUE): using energy to increase income and productivity. But many […]

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  • Energy for all: better use of subsidies to achieve impact

    Significant progress has been made in improving access to electricity, but 789 million people worldwide still go without. The gap for cleaner cooking is even greater: 2.8 billion people worldwide cannot cook cleanly and safely. The reliability of energy delivery is also still a massive challenge. The energy finance scenario is complex and varies widely […]

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  • Stoking finance for affordable cookstoves: experience from Malawi and Zimbabwe

    Public finance must boost demand for improved and ‘cleaner’ cookstoves by addressing the affordability gap in the poorest households —through price subsidies, concessional end-user financing, and other means. And it must increase supply to expand distribution channels — for example through grants, concessional finance, guarantee instruments, and patient capital to enterprises. This policy briefing offers […]

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  • Hivos Energy response to Covid-19

    COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rural areas and informal and small businesses operating in these last-mile communities. This brief includes a set of recommendations developed by Hivos and partners to support the most vulnerable, including low-income households, women and MSMEs, to cope with the current crisis, and at the same time promote an inclusive and green […]

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  • Beyond fire: Backcasting a pathway to fully electric cooking in rural Kenya by 2030

    The report “Beyond Fire: Backcasting a pathway to fully electric cooking in rural Kenya by 2030″ shows that working together with communities and investing in their social capacity are key to success in the transition to 100% electric cooking. This new report by Hivos and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) calls for a better understanding […]

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  • Financing Decentralized Renewable Energy for the Last Mile – Briefing paper

    This briefing paper is a shorter, more concise version of the discussion paper ‘Financing Decentralized Renewable Energy: What funding sources and instruments can be applied?‘ Both documents seek to explore the opportunities to unlock finance for Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions that impact the ‘last mile’, thereby providing an impetus to the work on accessing […]

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  • Financing Decentralized Renewable Energy for the Last Mile – What funding sources and instruments can be applied?

    This background discussion paper seeks to explore the opportunities to unlock finance for Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions that impact the ‘last mile’, thereby providing an impetus to the work on accessing affordable credit for DRE. The paper is a work-in-progress and is based on a rapid desk review of literature and the experiences of […]

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  • Too high a price for the poor and climate? The World Bank’s energy access programme in Myanmar

    Currently at 44 percent, Myanmar has the lowest rate of access to electricity in Southeast Asia and is on the list of 20 countries with the highest energy deficits in the world. Although some progress has been made in recent years, more than 35 million people still have no access to electricity in Myanmar. The […]

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  • Accelerating Myanmar’s Invisible People Power

    Electricity provision is inherently decentralized since the starting point of
    providing electricity is a wire reaching the consumer. In fact, the central grid in
    most developed countries was formed by the joining of many decentralized
    mini-grids.

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  • Media as catalyst for promoting Green & Inclusive Energy – learning paper

    Engaging with media fraternity including individual journalists, is an important strategy of the Green & Inclusive Energy Program. Journalists put topics on the agenda, steer the debate and enhance transparency and accountability. The program supports independent journalism in different ways; from organizing training and fellowships to opening doors to (inter)national platforms. In order to strengthen […]

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