As part of the World Bank Group’s commitments to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, announced at the UN’s Rio+20 Summit, ESMAP has launched a technical assistance program to help countries achieve the goal of universal energy access. ESMAP’s SE4ALL TA program supports countries to improve planning, develop policy frameworks, strengthen institutions and mobilize financing for energy access.
About 84% of households in rural areas have no electricity connection, creating hardship, perpetuating poverty, and stalling development. As of 2014, only 16% of rural households had a connection.
In 2014, ESMAP helped develop the National Electrification Program (NEP), which calls for universal access to electricity—7.2 million new household connections—by 2030, and includes a geospatial electrification plan, investment prospectus and capacity building. This informed US$400 million World Bank project (approved Sept 2015) expected to benefit 6 million people. The project already helped to provide electricity to 700,000 people in 2017 alone and helped mobilize additional $250 million investments from other partners (Italy, Norway, KfW, GIZ, ADB, JICA etc) . It also Informed development of the market-based IFC Lighting Myanmar Program.