The Sustainable Development Goal #7 to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 has brought about a renewed focus on the 1.1 billion people around the world without any access to electricity. The increasing commercial viability of off-grid technologies provides an effective and scalable complement to traditional electricity grid expansion, and the opportunity to rapidly improve the livelihoods of millions across the globe.

Our panel of experts discussed the commercial viability and potential of off-grid technologies. Speakers from the World Bank Group, the private sector and non-profit sector shared their perspectives, drawing on their experience and knowledge of current sector trends. The event featured the findings and lessons of a recent IEG study: Reliable and Affordable Off-Grid Electricity Services for the Poor: Lessons from World Bank Group Experience

This learning event was jointly hosted by the Independent Evaluation Group, the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice, and the International Finance Corporation’s Clean Energy and Resource Efficiency Group.

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José Carbajo
Director, Financial Private Sector and Sustainable Development
Independent Evaluation Group

Charles Cormier
Practice Manager, Middle East & North Africa
Energy & Extractives Global Practice
World Bank


Vivien Foster
Lead Economist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice
World Bank


Ramachandra Jammi
Senior Evaluation Officer, Sustainable Development
Independent Evaluation Group



Dana Rysankova
Senior Energy Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice
World Bank

Sarah Ladislaw
Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Russell Sturm
Global Head, Energy Access
Cross Cutting Advisory Services

Ethan Zindler
Head of United States Research
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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