Integrated Electrification Pathways

Integrated Electrification Pathways

What is an Integrated Electrification Pathway (IEP)?

A set of inclusive planning approaches and policy measures that support using grid, mini-grid and off-grid technologies to provide electricity and the associated energy services necessary to meet human needs and contribute to sustainable development. 

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) promotes an integrated, full-systems approach to electrification planning as a pathway to achieving universal access to electricity.


Four Principles of Integrated Electrification Pathways

Placing access to electricity in the context of sustainable development and human needs.
Considering all technological approaches and delivery models.
Relying on high-level commitment and support for an inclusive, coordinated planning process.
Including supportive policy measures that facilitate investment and are market enabling.

In 2019, SEforALL published Integrated Electrification Pathways for Universal Access to Electrification: A Primer as a practical tool for facilitating government and private sector efforts to develop national electrification plans taking a full-systems approach.

Country case-study videos for TogoEthiopia and Nepal also demonstrate how IEP can be applied in practice.

These knowledge products support our engagement with the private sector partners in the SEforALL Electrification Accelerator, as well as with government ministries  involved in electricity planning. For example, ministers from 39 African countries adopted a recommendation presented by SEforALL on integrated electrification as part of the African Union Commission's Cairo Declaration.