Faith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access

February 20, 2013

This report, produced in collaboration between WFDD and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), highlights the roles of faith-inspired actors in eliminating energy poverty worldwide and emphasizes the need for a unique, more coordinated faith-inspired approach. Drawing from a background paper circulated among the participants of the October 2, 2012 workshop, "Faith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access," this final version has been updated with their comments, along with workshop findings and conclusions.
The report builds on a United Nations Foundation initiative established in 2011: the Energy Access Practitioner Network currently has more than 700 members from almost 500 organizations working to scale up energy access to achieve universal energy access by 2030 – one of three 2030 objectives under UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Largely a desk review, the report also draws on a set of interviews with key faith-inspired practitioners.