Worldwide, 1.1 billion people live without electricity and 3 billion people use solid fuels for cooking.
Within this context, energy for essential human needs such as heating, cooking, lighting and powering often comes from burning wood, kerosene, charcoal or diesel, which can be expensive, inefficient and harmful to breathe.
Further, cleaner and more modern energy services are vital for economic activity, health, social services, safety and wellbeing.
In recognition of the essential role that energy access plays in development, the U.N. Secretary General has launched a “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative that targets universal access to energy services by 2030.
Mercy Corps' experience shows that access to reliable, affordable and safe forms of energy can be transformational by amplifying development objectives and putting the conditions in place to build more secure, productive and just communities.
To meet the goal of long-term and sustainable access to energy, Mercy Corps takes a dedicated market-based approach.
Our programmes work with a wide range of local and global commercial actors to help test and demonstrate business models that have the potential to scale-up to meet the energy needs of off-grid communities.