Lack of access to energy is strongly linked with income poverty. Energy poverty is most acute for the poorest households, and is more severe in rural areas. 

CPAN’s work highlights how expanding the availability and improving the quality and reliability of electricity coverage and improved cooking technologies, along with the ability of the poorest people to afford these when they are available, can contribute to poverty reduction. 

For energy access to be transformational for chronically poor people though, energy needs to be able to be used to enhance household income.

To read more about energy and chronic poverty, download the Energy Policy Guide: Harnessing the power of energy access for chronic poverty reduction.

Download the accompanying Policy Brief here.

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