Energy access realities in urban poor communities of Developing Countries: assessments and recommendations

A report by the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) on energy access among the urban poor in developing countries calls for recognizing electricity as a basic urban service and promoting related enabling conditions. The summary report presents the results of research by the network that has sought to bridge the gap in understanding the current clean energy access situation among the urban poor in developing countries, and related barriers and potential solutions. The report, titled 'Energy Access Realities in Urban Poor Communities of Developing Countries: Assessments and Recommendations,' presents a summary for policymakers of work under the third phase of GNESD's Urban Peri-Urban Energy Access (UPEA) theme, which has included technical country reports and a synthesis report produced by seven GNESD Centres of Excellence in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report provides a comprehensive view of the clean energy access situation in urban and peri-urban areas in developing countries, including policy recommendations for improvements. The study: identifies specific barriers to energy access on the demand- and supply-sides; analyzes urban and energy policies, and recommends measures for addressing them; and identifies solutions and good practices for enhanced energy access in urban settlements.