Energy Access for Sustainable Human Development in Africa

19 Nov 2013

Access to modern energy services plays a crucial role in advancing human development and in addressing poverty and inequality. Lack of access to clean and reliable energy has been identified as a major constraint in furthering many aspects of human prosperity. However despite continued discussions, practitioners and policy-makers continue to grapple with the challenge of integrating human development objectives appropriately in energy access initiatives. Identifying the need for an integrated approach to energy access and human development in planning and policymaking, the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD), in collaboration with the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE), Mauritius and UNDP organised a three day training programme between 19th to 21st November 2013 at Port Louis, Mauritius on Energy Access for Sustainable Human Development in Africa. The training design and implementation was supported by a team of experts from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The training programme was inaugurated in the presence of the Honourable Minister of Environment and Sustainability, Honourable Mr.Devanand Virahsawmy, Mr. Osman Mahomed, Executive Chairman- Commission on Maurice Ile Durable, Government of Mauritius and Mr. Simon Springett, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, UNDP Mauritius. Over 30 participants (policymakers, planners and UNDP Human Development Focal Points) from 9 African countries namely Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia attended the training programme.

The programme was structured around thematic sessions dealing with the different dimensions of Energy Access and how these impact the quality of people’s lives. Participants at the training were able to gain clarity on issues and challenges related to energy access and human development in Africa and the interactive training design encouraged sharing of ideas and good practices.

The main highlights of the discussions are presented in the Training Report.