What is Energy Access?

Energy Access is defined as 'access to clean, reliable and affordable energy services for cooking, heating lighting, communications and productive uses' (AGECC). Achieving universal access to modern energy services will require a combination of electricity and modern fuels (including natural gas, LPG, diesel, and renewables such as biodiesel and bio-ethanol) and technologies (e.g. fuel efficient stoves, biogas digesters, mini-grid and off-grid applications powered by small hydro, solar, wind and various types of bio-energy, etc.)


What types of cases are found in the database?

In the GNESD Energy Access Knowledge Base you will find cases that describe policies, projects or programmes that have made a documented contribution to enhancing access to energy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Who adds cases to the database?

The UNEP DTU Partnership and the 9 GNESD Member Centres are responsible of publishing cases to the database.


Can I become a contributor to the database?

If you would like to publish Energy Access cases you are involved in, please send us an email (fill in the form below) where you introduce yourself, your work and the organization you work for and provide us with a list of the cases you would like to add. If the selection criteria are met, we will approve you as an editor so you can start publishing your cases. Each case will be sent to the GNESD Secretariat for approval before publication to ensure that quality criteria have been met. The Secretariat reserves all rights to reject any contributions for any reason.


What are the selection criteria for cases published in the database?

Each case is describing a well documented contribution to enhancing Energy Access in developing countries meaning that an identified demand for specific energy services in the poor population has been met through sustainable provision of modern energy solutions.


What are the quality criteria for cases published in the database?

Each case entry is living up to basic academic standards:

• Well written and error free,

• Language kept in a professional and unbiased tone,

• Information is critically assessed and evaluated by the author,

• All information is referenced,

• Information is credible and can be verified by sources delivered.

Furthermore each case entry is following the instructions provided in the predefined template.


How is quality and correctness of information ensured?

Each case is reviewed by the GNESD Secretariat before publication. Comprehensive documentation is the main justifier for publication. All information in the case needs to be correctly referenced and needs to be verifiable through credible sources. Furthermore, all references needs to be attached to the case either as pdf files or as links.