Poverty
Poverty involves the lack of money, goods and means of support. Lack of access to basic needs such as clean water, shelter and energy all constitute as poverty. It is a global issue, which many organisations are fighting to bring higher on governments agendas. Addressing these issues is no small task. The MillenniumDevelopmentGoals (MDG's) are the first world agreed target set by the United nations Development Programme (UNDP) in attempt to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.

Whilst water and sanitation have received significant attention in the launch of the MDG's the issue of energy needs is often neglected. An IntroductionToHouseholdEnergy highlights some of the principle energy issues facing households in developing countries. Lack of access to improved household energy solutions affects over half the worlds population and is responsible for 1.6 million deaths per year (one death every 20 seconds). Without energy households are unable to cook, provide heat or have light. The most basic form of household energy is using wood or other forms of solid biomass. This has severe health effects on the users, particularly women; causes environmental damage as forestry and natural resources are depleted and impacts climate change.

In order to combat the issue of household energy in developing countries requires policy making and reviews. This involves setting country specific targets to achieve the energy demands of the population in order to make it accessible and affordable for all; looking at implementation strategies and addressing political issues which will affect the desired framework. The article on Policy aims to address some of the key issues in setting policies in the energy sector.


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Innovative marketing & business models for rapid development of off-grid lighting markets in Africa
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Marketing Toolkit: Extract from the Cooking Energy Compendium
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Indonesian sun-cooking: A social perspective
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Electricity for low-power applications Micro Solar Lanterns for rural communities
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The Stove - A Target Orientation Programme or a piece of kitchen furniture
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The Fuelwood Issue Restated Nancy Chege
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edit this page Biogas Properties, Stoves and Lamps reproduced from a GTZ/SEP booklet
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The small and beautiful stove
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Microfinance in Africa: Bringing financial services to Africa's poor - full report
CARE has pioneered an approach that meets the need for microfinance at the very bottom rung of the world's economic ladder. CARE Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) empower women to pool their savings – with no outside capital – and then make loans to each other to start small businesses or pay for important life expenses. Read more about our VSLA approach, along with other best practices at work in Africa, in CARE's most recent report: "Microfinance in Africa: Bringing financial services to Africa's poor."
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Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2010
The Poor People’s Energy Outlook presents a unique perspective on energy access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty. It is widely agreed now that access to energy is a prerequisite for poverty reduction and human development – modern energy services are essential to meet basic and productive needs. And yet, the realities of the relationship people living in poverty have with energy is not well understood. This report seeks to address this issue in order to reconnect energy policy. This publication will be of interest to anyone seeking to better understand energy access and its role in development at a human scale.
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