Designing energy delivery models

Renewable energy helping farmers affected by climate change in Kenya to make a sustainable living.

Solar panels helping farmers affected by climate change in Kenya to make a sustainable living. The Sustainable Development Goals support action on climate change, renewable energy, hunger and other development issues

Access to, affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy is increasingly recognised as crucial for many development areas, including food and water security, health, and education, and for addressing gender inequality and supporting climate change action. The New Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims to deliver universal energy access by 2030.

A collaboration between CAFOD and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) called the Energy Delivery Models (EDM) project aims to better understand how energy services for poor and marginal groups can be designed to maximise their developmental benefits and to ensure sustainability over the long term.

The EDM collaboration began in 2013. It aims to build our organisations’ and partners’ understanding of the enabling factors and barriers to delivering energy services to people living in poverty, learning from practitioner experience and research what factors can make or break a sustainable service.

The EDM Toolkit was developed after further research and piloting in 2017. It is a six-step process with two innovative tools focusing on inclusive planning and systematic problem solving. It aims to ensure the service is appropriate to the local context, meets end users’ wider needs and is financially, socially and environmentally sustainable, to deliver maximum impact. The EDM Toolkit can be used to design new energy services, as well as to reflect on and improve existing services.  

Resources on designing energy delivery models

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  • Using the Energy Delivery Models toolkit to analyse impact: a small-scale horticulture project in Kenya Using the Energy Delivery Models toolkit to analyse impact: a small-scale horticulture project in Kenya (5mb, pdf)

    From 2011 to 2014, CAFOD and local partners in Kenya implemented a Community Based Green Energy Project aimed at addressing some of the challenges in the agricultural sector by providing energy services for rural and peri-urban communities. This study reviews the project’s impact on a sample of farmers groups in Kitui county.

  • An approach to designing energy delivery models that work for people living in poverty, 2013 An approach to designing energy delivery models that work for people living in poverty, 2013 (2mb, pdf)

    This CAFOD and IIED report outlines guidelines for participatory analysis to understand the needs and wants of the potential end users and identify potential actors in the energy supply chain. The approach also uses innovative visualisation tools to build a ‘delivery model’ that has a greater chance of being socially, financially and environmentally sustainable.

    >> Download the report in Spanish: Diseño de modelos de suministro de energía: un enfoque orientado a las personas que viven en la pobreza

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