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How can inclusive finance accelerate universal energy access?

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Critical theme: this debate will explore the role that investors and finance intermediaries can play to reach SDG7 – universal energy access

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In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – universal energy access – by 2030, the enormous public and private energy financing gap must be bridged. On Thursday 14 November, IIED will host a critical theme to debate the role that investors and finance intermediaries can play to reach SDG7.

Globally, nearly one billion people lack access to electricity and almost three billion live without access to clean cooking facilities.

The technology needed to bring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to everyone already exists, but investors aren’t providing the kind of capital needed to nurture energy companies in a sector that is still experimenting with business and delivery models. Current public and private investment flows aren’t sufficient to reach everyone, despite the rapid growth in the off-grid sector in the past decade.

With only ten years left to achieve SDG7, how can we accelerate financing into the sector? What is the role of public financing in various contexts? How can domestic and early-stage companies be nurtured beyond financing? And what practical ways can impact be measured to target those who cannot be reached through business as usual?

This event will bring a panel of scholars, practitioners and investors together to discuss these issues.

Panellists

Andrew Scott, head of programme, climate and energy, Overseas Development Institute

Emma Colenbrander, head of distributors collective, Practical Action

Kevin Johnstone, researcher, IIED (chair)

Nico Tyabji, director of strategic partnerships, SunFunder

Nipunika Perera, researcher, IIED

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How do I get there? IIED is on Gray's Inn Road in Central London. The closest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Kings Cross.

Is there disabled access? Yes. If you have any questions about attending, please email us at this address: anne.schulthess@iied.org.

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Photo: Solar panels in Ghondruk, Nepal by Rob Goodier, Engineering for Change, Flickr

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