USAID Toolkit for Increasing Energy Access
The Toolkit is collection of resources related to energy access in developing counties.Though we expect the toolkit to be an ongoing activity, for now it is organized into a "Topics" section and six "Modules".
WHO is the audience? Anyone preparing, implementing or reviewing a project, program, business plan or proposal aimed at increasing modern energy services to presently un-served or underserved populations.
WHAT is included? A set of presentations, a collection of case studies, a set of tools to help with planning and implementation, a list of documents spanning global references to on-the-ground reports, a video library, and an external links resource.
WHERE is the focus? Developing country energy access. However, the content is relevant to almost any region and easily applies beyond just energy.
HOW is it used? Everyone learns differently, so it depends on the user. However, there should be enough narrative, quantitative and visual information here to satisfy a wide cross-section of interested parties. Tour the entire site, download and examine at least one component from each of the major sections, and see how they work for you. Please contact the administrators (philip.larocco@EandCo.net & jennye.greene@EandCo.net) to share your concerns and suggest improvements. The site is presented in a "building block" format, an approach validated by separate experiences with entrepreneurs and international development professionals. Feel free to suggest an alternate approach.
WHY was it created? As a repository of materials related to energy development; to create a place where even better materials can be routed; and to make these materials accessible to busy professionals. Any original material is meant to synthesize lessons learned and to place experiences in a framework that can help professionals get the job done.
Practical experiences inform the toolkit: some projects are successful, scaleable and self-sustaining, while others are, at best, only partially successful. We aim to convey lessons learned from successes and failures in the field.