GVEP International is a non-profit organisation that works to increase access to modern energy and reduce poverty in developing countries. To achieve this goal we help small energy businesses to establish and grow.
There are 1.5 billion people in the developing world who live without electricity; and 2.5 billion people who rely on wood, charcoal, animal dung and kerosene for fuel.
Energy helps to meet many basic human needs –heat, light, water and transport. The lack of affordable and reliable energy hinders human, economic and social development.
GVEP works with local energy businesses to make an impact on this enormous problem, in places where state or large utilities’ interventions are slow to reach. We help establish and grow micro, small and medium sized energy enterprises in poor rural and periurban areas creating lasting access to clean energy and improving the quality of life of millions of people. We do this through advising energy businesses and by enabling them to secure the financial resources they need to grow.
We work across Africa and the Caribbean. Our experienced executive team operate from regional offices as well as our London head office. They report to a distinguished Board, which includes a wide range of private sector and development agency specialists, experts and consultants from the arenas of renewable energy, carbon finance and investment.
The Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) was launched at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its aim was to increase access to modern energy services to reduce poverty in the world’s developing countries –this remains our objective today. In 2006 GVEP evolved from an initial partnership between the World Bank, UNDP and three bi-lateral donors to GVEP International, a UK registered charity (No. 1119168). Since then our work has helped change the lives of almost two million people by giving them access to clean energy. Read our Annual Review.
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