Renewable Energy for Poverty Reduction

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Clean and renewable energy solutions lie at the heart of South Sudan's pursuit for sustainable development. Currently, the country has nearly complete dependence on carbon fuels including diesel generators, batteries, charcoal, and wood fuel, leading to rapid deforestation of the country's extensive forest reserves. There are currently no initiatives to adopt green sources of energy. Through developing inclusive and green growth strategies, South Sudan has an opportunity to make a leap forward as it enjoys the 'late comers' advantage by learning from the growth experiences of countries in analogous contexts and powering its productive activities from clean energy sources.

Lack of energy access and gender inequalities (with women having the sole responsibilities for meeting household energy needs) affect women's participation in economic activities. Women's differing energy needs and position in accessing energy sources can be addressed by a de-centralized approach to renewable energy services.

 

Primary Objectives

  • To develop and mainstream green energy and low carbon growth policy
  • To develop decentralized renewable energy solutions which open up new economic opportunities for women and youth including through becoming energy entrepreneurs.

Planned Outputs (2016-2017)

  • An analysis of opportunities to enhance energy access conducted;
  • Priority initiatives for the provision of decentralized energy access at the household, and community, and economic levels identified;
  • Pilot implementation of de-centralized energy solutions such as solar energy at the household, community and economic levels including solutions for the running of schools, and health facilities particularly in rural areas.