Asia: need to combine energy access with anti-poverty projects

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The lack of energy access and its impact on health, education and income continue to be a significant cause of chronic poverty, according to a new UN report.

A review of 17 projects across the Asia and Pacific region has shown that energy access alone is not enough.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new UN report.

The UN Development Programme or UNDP confirmed that energy services on their own have little impact.

The findings indicate that most energy projects adopt a minimalist approach, focusing on the basic energy needs of the poor for lighting homes, cooking and heating.

The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which will in turn improve their standards of living, the report concludes.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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