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Informing the Financing of Universal Energy Access: An Assessment of Current Financial Flows

Authors: Morgan Bazilian, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Patrick Nussbaumer, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Giorgio Gualberti, Technical University of Lisbon, Erik Haites, Margaree Consultants Inc., Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Judy Siegel, Energy and Security Group, Daniel M. Kammen, World Bank Group, and Joergen Fenhann, UNEP Risoe Centre
August 21, 2011
The Electricity Journal

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Abstract

Energy poverty is widely recognized as a major obstacle to economic and social development and poverty alleviation. A brief analysis of the current macro financial flows in the electricity and gas distribution sectors in developing countries suggests that the "funding gap" is, at minimum, a factor of five less than that required for universal household access to electricity. However, data paucity remains a significant obstacle to further, more refined analysis.

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