The Issue

The United Nations Foundation launched the Energy Access Practitioner Network in 2011 as a contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative to help catalyze and scale primarily market-led decentralized energy applications, towards achieving universal access to modern energy services by 2030.

With more than 2,500 members today, the Practitioner Network draws together a wide range of stakeholders including commercial and social enterprises, investors, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies to deliver sustainable energy services – and the economic and social benefits they bring – to communities and households not currently reached by the traditional grid.

The Practitioner Network is a unique open source approach to collectively fostering universal energy access. Practitioner Network members are on the front lines delivering innovative energy services to households, communities and countries, using a range of innovative renewable energy and hybrid decentralized energy technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, micro-hydro and sustainable biomass which offer a cleaner, more reliable and affordable path to providing sustainable energy access for all by 2030.


A mix of renewable energy solutions such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, micro-hydro and sustainable biomass offer a cleaner, more reliable and affordable path to providing sustainable energy access for all by 2030:

The Practitioner Network advocates a holistic ecosystem approach that emphasizes the importance of ongoing service and maintenance of solutions, rather than merely focusing on initial electrification. Through a range of doorstep services, it brings members together to discuss current industry trends, barriers, and potential solutions to what they deem to be the most pressing issues in the sector.

Members value the Practitioner Network most for information sharing, peer-to-peer learning, networking opportunities, connecting to financing sources, enabling partnerships and increased visibility.