Over the last decade, I have worked directly or indirectly with dozens of social enterprises tackling energy access.
This week, the United Nations will ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide international development work through 2030. Most of the 2.6 billion people lacking modern energy services energy access (including basic lighting and cooking) won’t be aware of this. Should they hear about this new global agenda from a family member in a town with electricity and a TV or through a newspaper read before the sun goes down, they should be optimistic that they will perceive some benefits. And, if we allow ourselves to learn from what has and hasn’t worked in recent years, universal energy access by 2030 is achievable.