The Current State of Sustainable Energy Provision for Displaced Populations: An analysis

Author: Rebecca Gunning, Independent Sustainable Energy Consultant

This paper examines the benefits and impacts of sustainable energy access for displaced populations, considers the challenges to energy access and assesses the role of the private sector in delivering energy for displaced populations.

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By the end of 2013, the number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide had reached 51.2 million, of which 33.3 million were internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 16.7 million were refugees. Access to energy is a basic human need; for these displaced people however, access to energy is a real challenge. This initial research reviews camp situations (which are home to approximately 50% of refugees) and focuses on the evidence of the benefits and impacts of sustainable energy access for displaced populations. The paper also assesses how the private sector could help to provide energy for displaced populations.

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