Poverty-Oriented Basic Energy Services


No energy, no development

Energy is not considered a basic necessity. Nevertheless, without sufficient energy services, people are unable to cook their food, heat their homes or store their medications in a cool place, not to mention read in the evening. Taking part in economic or political processes via modern communication channels likewise remains an impossibility. Energy is an essential requirement for businesses to be productive and for job creation.

Biomass is one of the most essential fuels

Even if electricity is flowing, its availability is not always guaranteed and its price can be quite expensive. Around 2.7 billion people in developing countries are dependent on wood, wood coal or plant wastes for their daily cooking and heating demands. These so-called biomass fuels are usually burned inefficiently, with negative consequences for the environment and user health. Smoke accumulates when these fuels are burned in enclosed spaces, resulting in over 4 million deaths annually.

Our success

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is committed to the diffusion of energy saving technologies and customised solutions for energy services. Millions of people have already been supplied with sustainable energy thanks to GIZ projects as well as cooperation carried out with partner countries and other organisations.