Why Tackling Energy Governance in Developing Countries Needs a Different Approach.

Paper | June 10, 2021

Global efforts to improve energy access and quality and to tackle climate change need a different approach to addressing poor energy governance.

This paper outlines the size and nature of the energy challenge, with a focus on electricity. It describes the investments that are currently being made to improve the quality of power and access to electricity — and the growing evidence that investments often fail due to poor energy governance. The paper then delves more deeply into how bad governance influences the quality of and access to electricity, with specific country examples. It shows the importance of understanding how electricity fits into the political settlement of a country and how this affects the incentives of key actors in the sector.