Energy Access For Urban Poor

More than 1 billion people currently live in urban slums and informal settlements. These communities often lack access to legal, safe, and affordable electricity. With rapid urbanization occurring in developing countries and cities expected to house about two thirds of the world’s population by 2050, dedicated efforts on urban electricity access are needed to meet universal electricity access by 2030.

Bringing safe and sustainable energy to the poor living in urban slums is not only critical for reducing poverty in these communities, but also for achieving universal access by 2030. ESMAP’s Energy Access for the Urban Poor program provides customized solutions to countries to help increase energy access to the urban poor, bridge knowledge gaps, and work with communities to raise public awareness of electrification options.