Energy Safety Nets: Using Social Assistance Mechanisms to Close Affordability Gaps for the Poor

Energy Safety Nets demonstrates how governments are uniquely positioned to target and support populations living in energy poverty. The reality is that the energy needs of poor and vulnerable populations are unlikely to be captured by the private sector, which means public finance must fill this void. The report that follows is a synthesis of findings from the broader Energy Safety Nets research series, which includes six case studies from countries that have experience implementing energy-focused social assistance mechanisms. These case studies have uncovered the many complexities of creating such mechanisms. For example, initiatives need to consider how to make electricity and clean cooking connections and consumption affordable.