Source: [left] World Bank (WB) flickr, [center] Boris Balabanov/World Bank, [right] Dominic Sansoni/WB

Sustainable Energy

Energy needs at the global level are gigantic and steadily increasing while the need to reduce carbon emissions is vital if catastrophic climate change is to be avoided. In the Global South, a large part of the population still lacks access to energy, which is crucial for poverty alleviation via the creation of employment and better health and education systems. A great deal of hope is placed on sustainable energy to connect economic growth to increased social equity while preserving the environment. At the same time, energy efficiency and the share of renewable energies in the global energy mix needs to increase unceasingly.

Providing sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy to all will require successful coordination and integration between sectors, stakeholders, policies, infrastructures, and technologies. Promoting renewables, increasing energy efficiency, determinedly addressing the challenges of tailoring solutions to unique socioeconomic contexts, creating local ownership, and aiming for massive up-scaling remain key issues.


Via its UNESCO Chair on Technology for Development, CODEV aims to reflect on the links that exist between energies, appropriate technologies and socioeconomic development in Southern countries by: evaluating the potential of contemporary technologies for sustainable development relating to energy and the environment; focussing attention on the major innovations in the energy sector and the necessary conditions for adapting these to the context of developing countries; examining individual perception of technologies according to sectors, needs and access possibilities.

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CURES – energy for healthcare

An electrical supply that is stable and reliable is still not generally accessible in the global South. In addition to the losses this represents in terms of the countries’ productivity, it has a dramatic effect on healthcare systems, leading to numerous deaths. The Center on Energy for Health Care in Yaoundé (CURES) was set up in early 2013 to propose solutions for that essential need. Its mission is to reinforce primary healthcare systems by providing reliable and sustainable solutions for the supply of electricity. Activities deployed to reach this goal include education, applied research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The partners are: the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique de Yaoundé (ENSPY), which hosts the center; the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM); and CODEV.

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