The GNESD Energy Access Knowledge Base consists of successful Energy Access cases. It includes policies, projects or programmes which have led to increased access to energy services for poor households, communities or small scale businesses. It is hence a collection of cases where a demand for specific energy services in the poor population has been met through provision of sustainable and clean energy solutions.


The database was born out of a need identified at the Vienna Energy Conference 2011 and under a capacity building program conducted by UNEP DTU Partnership for energy stakeholders in Addis Abbaba in 2010.


The database is an ongoing collection of good examples of energy access initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It contains short articles describing and analyzing initiatives implemented with the purpose of alleviating poverty and improving socio-economic development by providing access to energy. Each article is following a predefined template ensuring that data and information for all cases regardless of energy type, technology, funding, region etc. are consistent and comparable. Information on selected cases is mainly input by GNESD staff and collaborating partners. Interested organisations and individuals are also encouraged to submit best practice cases to GNESD knowledge base. The GNESD Secretariat will review submitted cases, revise as necessary and publish them on the site.


Please note that the GNESD Secretariat is ultimately not responsible for the cases but only for publicising them through the knowledge base. Ownership of or responsibility for the individual projects or cases is indicated on each specific case page.


Read more about the work done by the GNESD Network here: GNESD - Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development