Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.
Modern energy services is truly central to improving the well-being of indviduals and the advancement of communities.
A large number of people in emerging countries lack access to modern household energy services for lighting, cooking, water pumping and other productive purposes. Without these services people, and especially women, are forced to spend significant amount of their time and energy on subsistence activities; a barrier to gender development
Miombo early identified household energy as a target area that could leverage improvement in other areas. A key issue with energy is its cross cutting nature. Critical social and economic parameters on e.g. health and transport are intrinsically linked to modes of energy production and its distribution through supply chains. Integrated sector development is necessary to promote the cross-sectorial linkages between the energy sector and other sectors such as household energy, agriculture, forestry and charcoal trade. Essential to this integrative approach is minimizing the negative environmental and health effects of energy production in e.g. household cooking, transportation and other use.