IIED Sharing the load Public and private sector roles in financing pro-poor energy access

Donors, governments and businesses need to become
more strategic about how the public and private
sectors collaborate in financing pro-poor energy
access. Between US$65 and US$86 billion a year of
additional investment is required to achieve the UN’s
goal of universal energy access by 2030 (Pachauri
et al., 2013). Expectations of the private sector are
high, not because private investors and businesses
are necessarily best placed to deliver this goal, but
because governments simply do not have enough funds
to do it by themselves. Governments and donors need
to understand more about how to stimulate large- and
small-scale private investment to deliver development
goals – and when to target public funds to meet the
needs of the most vulnerable.