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UN Foundation's Energy Access Practitioner Network The Energy Access Practitioner Network draws together a wide range of businesses, investors, and civil society organizations working to deliver sustainable energy services in over 170 countries – and the economic and social benefits they bring – to communities and households in areas beyond the reach of the conventional grid.

OVERVIEW

Description

The Energy Access Practitioner Network was formed by the United Nations Foundation in 2011 to support household and community-level electrification through micro-grid and decentralized energy solutions, and to amplify the voice of practitioners as stakeholders in global energy access discussions.

Although several technology-specific and regional networks already existed, there was no pre-existing entity facilitating global interaction, and it therefore also serves as a "network of networks" to help develop a global approach to addressing energy access issues towards the achievement of universal energy access.

The Practitioner Network covers a broad base of solution sets and is "technology agnostic", recognizing that the appropriate solution sets depend on such variables as local context and conditions, as well as customer preference and capacity to pay. There are also many types of business model employed in delivering these solutions, from community run cooperative schemes, to social enterprises delivering energy services in a regional context, to consumer appliance companies through to venture backed mini-grid companies.

It is recognized that the market is highly segmented and that no "one size fits all" approach will work. That said, the focus of the Practitioner Network is on supporting approaches emphasizing quality and sustainability of approach. In particular, there is strong innovation in this sector at present, with new technologies, business models and financing mechanisms under development, and the Practitioner Network also serves to help mainstream those that clearly have potential for strong positive impact for consumers and communities.

The Practitioner Network's main value has been recognized as the facilitation of new partnerships among practitioners, and between practitioners and investors, to scale up energy access projects.

With more than 1,900 members from the public and private sector and civil society, the Practitioner Network is forging new partnerships, strengthening the capacity of its practitioners, and ensuring coordination between them to support market-led decentralized solutions to achieve universal energy access by 2030.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Health
  • Mobile
  • Other
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Oceania
  • Southeast Asia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid
  • Other