The Least Developed Countries Report 2017

Transformational Energy Access

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This report focuses on the role of access to modern energy in economic structural transformation - a critical issue both for the least developed countries (LDCs) and for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report focuses on the particular circumstances, challenges and experiences of the LDCs. Second, the report focuses on transformative energy access - an approach to universal access that goes beyond basic household needs to provide the means for structural transformation of LDCs' economies through the development of more productive modern activities and sectors. Third, it shows the role of structural transformation in increasing energy access, by generating sufficient additional demand for electricity for productive uses. Finally, it presents new estimates of the investment costs of universal access to electricity and transformative energy access in LDCs.




The Least Developed Countries Report 2017 was prepared by UNCTAD. Contributors to this Report are: Rolf Traeger (team leader), Samar Awadh, Josué Banga, Bineswaree Bolaky, Agnès Collardeau-Angleys, Pierre Encontre, Sixun Li, Madasamyraja Rajalingam, Matfobhi Riba, Alessandro Sanches Pereira, Giovanni Valensisi, Stefanie West and David Woodward (the LDC Report team). The work was carried out under the overall guidance and supervision of Paul Akiwumi, Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes.


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