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Over 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity and the many development benefits it brings. In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative, the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network promotes universal access to modern energy services by 2030. With a 2,000-strong global network of businesses and non-profits operating in 170 countries, the Network focuses on decentralized, sustainable solutions for household and community-level electrification. It supports innovative financial and business models in predominantly market-based applications that help address development issues such as income generation, health, agriculture, education, small business, and telecommunications. In 2014, members representing a quarter of the Network’s global membership reported collectively delivering clean energy solutions to over 230 million people over the lifetime of their organizations.

To learn more, visit www.energyaccess.org and www.se4all.org. Follow our work on Twitter energyaccessPN.




The Yale Center for Business and the Environment catalyzes research and cultivates partnerships that advance business solutions to global environmental problems. The Center convenes diverse resources and skillsets from across the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Together, these schools share more than 150 years of experience studying ecological and organizational systems, a legacy and depth of expertise unmatched anywhere in the world. Our approach is characterized by pragmatic optimism: we hold simultaneous ambitions for incremental and systemic change. While we recognize that this kind of work takes time, we also recognize a profound urgency in the work that we do. We work with students, professors, alumni, corporate executives, governments and NGOs that possess both a common desire and an uncommon drive for improving the state of the world. To learn more, visit http://cbey.yale.edu/ and follow us on Twitter YaleCBEY.




GVEP International is a non-profit organisation working to alleviate poverty in developing countries through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. To achieve this goal, GVEP supports the development and growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that deliver energy products and services to the poor. GVEP works to provide access to energy where large utilities are slow or unable to reach. Our approached is based on the idea that, with the right support and opportunities, a private sector delivery model based on market mechanisms is the most effective and efficient way to deliver energy services which are appropriate to the needs of poor communities. GVEP’s programs support the development of small and early-stage energy businesses, through the provision of critical operations, strategy, technology, and financing advice and support. To learn more, visit www.gvepinternational.org and follow us on Twitter GVEPIntl.




Embark is a social enterprise helping to launch and scale up energy enterprises to provide life-changing improvements for people around the world. Embark aims to create thousands of clean energy enterprises with an innovative web-based platform, MyBusinessPlan.



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