Sustainable energy for all?: linking poor communities to modern energy services

This paper explores the emerging concept of ‘energy delivery models’, looking at the nuts and bolts of how energy is delivered from resource to user, focusing on how to reach the poor in terms of energy access and opportunities in the supply chain. The paper introduces an analytical framework for the ‘pro-poor energy delivery system’ (including enabling environment and socio-cultural context, and the Osterwalder ‘business model canvas’ to analyse the delivery model itself). The paper contributes to current efforts by researchers and practitioners (notably Practical Action) to clarify the concept of ‘energy delivery models’ and to explore in depth how to deliver sustainable energy services to the poor that maximise development benefits.

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