National approaches to electrification: a review of options

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Bangladesh 2018/02/22

22 February 2018

Together with its partners EUEI PDF and Practical Action, EnDev developed a tool which provides high-level information on national electrification approaches in a systemised manner

National approaches to electrification

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Though electrification and energy access have risen up the political agenda in recent years and significant progress has been made in the last decade, the target of electricity access for all by 2030 (SDG7) will not be achieved under current policies. The adoption of effective electrification approaches will be key to overcoming this gap and providing people with the energy they need.

Together with its partners EUEI PDF and Practical Action, EnDev has set out to collect a systematic overview of national approaches to electrification. The study fills a gap as in spite of the long history of global electrification programmes, a comprehensive compilation has so far been missing.

The project’s main output is a tool, which through a systematic analysis, review and appraisal of existing national electrification approaches and their characteristics provides high-level information on national electrification approaches in a systemised manner. It summarises:

  • The different policy options and instruments at the national level for accelerating access to electricity;
  • What costs and (macroeconomic) benefits each option implies;
  • How these options can be combined in a manner that optimises economic and social welfare on the national level;
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different technologies and delivery modes in facilitating energy access to those still unserved.

The tool aims to enable policy makers and programme designers to assess different options and decide on an optimal design of a national electrification strategy for their country. It serves as a first step on the way to creating a more detailed and in-depth guidance on the design and implementation of national approaches to electrification.

The tool is available here.