Over 800 million people worldwide have no access to electricity. More than 8 out of 10 of them live in fragile states. Scaling up energy access is critical to power the economic opportunities needed to lift people out of poverty and escape fragility, and to achieve the SDGs.
Energy investments can support recovery from COVID-19 in fragile states and set these countries on a course toward greater peace, stability, and socio-economic development. Evidence shows that distributed, renewable energy systems hold significant potential in many fragile contexts, but a global paradigm shift is needed to build and support inclusive energy systems.
This online discussion explores why expanding clean energy access is critical to post-COVID-19 global recovery and how a collective push from national governments, aid agencies, the private sector, multilaterals, and development finance institutions could expand energy access in countries facing fragility.