External Resources and Links

Africa Energy Outlook report

Video of the launch of the Africa Energy Outlook Report 2014. The report highlights key actions in the energy sector that can foster more rapid economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program (AFREA)

The World Bank’s Africa Renewable Energy and Access program (AFREA) was established in 2009 to help meet energy needs and widen access to energy services in Sub-Saharan African countries in an environmentally responsible way.

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) represents the decentralised clean energy sector with members along the whole value chain, to act as a solution provider in order to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and emerging countries.

Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a global forum to promote policies and share best practices to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) supports decision-makers in developing countries in designing and delivering climate compatible development. DKN works in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.

Energy Access Practitioners Network (EAPN)

The Energy Access Practitioners Network (EAPN) is a global network of over 2300 members representing small, medium, and large clean energy enterprises, civil society, government, and academia operating in over 170 countries. It aims to catalyze the delivery of modern energy services, particularly decentralized solutions for rural electrification.

Energy Access Practitioners Network (Tariffs Database)

The Tariffs Database allows comparison and examination of the challenges associated with navigating sustainable energy markets in 80 developing countries.

Energy Data Info

ENERGYDATA.INFO is an open data platform providing access to datasets and data analytics that are relevant to the energy sector. It has been developed as a public good available to governments, development organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and individuals to share data and analytics that can help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Established in 1983, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global, multidonor technical assistance trust fund administered by the World Bank and cosponsored by 13 official bilateral donors.

Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1992 to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects.

Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)

The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) – the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM’s) energy access initiative – strives to catalyze the development of commercial markets for energy access solutions, as laid out in the Global LEAP guiding principles.

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) is an independent, not-for-profit association that was created to accelerate access to modern energy. It represents over 75 companies and organizations within the solar lighting and home electrification industry.

Global Tracking Framework (GTF)

The Global Tracking Framework 2017 (GTF) aims to provide the international community with a global dashboard to register progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. It assesses the progress made by each country on these three pillars and provides a snapshot of how far we are from achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

IFC Sub-Saharan Africa

International Finance Corporation (IFC) has established a leading position promoting private sector investment in Africa. Over nearly six decades, IFC has invested more than $25 billion in African businesses and financial institutions, with the current portfolio exceeding $5 billion.

International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (Energia)

Founded in 1996, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (Energia) advocates for gender mainstreaming in energy policy and practice. It aims to scale up the delivery of energy products and services through strengthening women-led energy enterprises.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. It also serves as a platform for international cooperation and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

Lighting Asia / India Program

The Lighting Asia / India Program is an IFC market transformation initiative aimed at increasing access to clean, affordable energy in rural India by promoting modern off-grid lighting products, systems and mini-grid connections.

Lighting Global

Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform supporting sustainable growth of the international off-grid lighting market as a means of increasing energy access to people not connected to grid electricity.


LuminaNet is a social network for the global off-grid lighting community. The network provides a gathering place for the global community creating alternatives to fuel-based off-grid lighting in the developing world.

Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE)

RISE is a set of indicators to help compare national policy and regulatory frameworks for sustainable energy. It assesses countries’ policy and regulatory support for each of the three pillars of sustainable energy—access to modern energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) invests in clean energy markets in developing countries to reduce CO2 emissions and build prosperity. Leveraging a portfolio of high impact investments, REEEP creates, adapts and shares knowledge to build sustainable markets for renewable energy and energy efficient solutions.

Renewables Interactive Map

The Renewables Interactive Map provides the means to compile and share detailed information on the status of renewable energy policies, technologies and investment trends across the world.

Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE)

Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) is a cross-sectoralissue that focuses on ensuring access to fuel and energy for cooking, heating, lighting, and powering for crisis-affected populations.

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is a global initiative led by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. It aims to achieve universal energy access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

United Nations Foundation Energy and Climate

The United Nations Foundation Energy and Climate links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

World Bank Energy Program

Through its Energy Program, the World Bank is helping developing countries to secure the affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply needed to end poverty and promote shared prosperity.