Displaced people

Energy for Displaced People

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) works to find solutions to our global energy problems. As the world's refugee crisis has forced millions of people from their homes, energy access for displaced people has become an increased concern.

The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 68.5 million in 2017 according to the UN Refugee Agency. Millions find themselves in refugee camps where they have little or no electricity or access to clean cooking fuels. And the surrounding host communities for these camps are typically affected by energy poverty as well.

SEforALL is addressing the issue of how to bring energy access to displaced populations and affected communities by:

  • Forging strategic relationships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the humanitarian community and the private sector  
  • Drafting guidelines for energy access for displaced people to roll out across the countries affected
  • Building on the global coalition of support from humanitarian partners already working in these communities
  • Finding opportunities for market-based solutions to meet the energy needs of displaced people, working with entrepreneurs from the private sector to adapt business models and approaches to meet the needs of refugee camps and host communities