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Hivos regularly produces - often in collaboration with others - a wide variety of resources. These include reports, briefings, research papers and booklets. These publications are free to download and we encourage you to share them.

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Renewable energy

Brooklyn Coalition - Best practices and recommendations
To speed up the uptake of decentralised renewable energy the Brooklyn Coalition is leading frontrunner solutions for achieving universal energy access. We are committed to ensure that social and economic development includes communities with the greatest energy needs and want to share our best practices from the field in this 2-pager.

Communicating Decentralised Renewable Energy to Financiers and Senior Policymakers
Effective engagement requires communicators to recognise and reflect the worldview of their target audience. Attempts by Non-Governmental Organisations to project their own motivations are rarely successful. In this report we have therefore sought to find language that accurately reflects the values and motivations reported by people from our audiences.

Best Practices Decentralised Renewable Energy
The best practices show how actors—SELCO India, Schneider Electric, and the Kenyan, Dutch and Nepalese governments—have contributed to the increase of energy access with decentralised renewable energy and what measures were taken to deliver the results. 

Ensuring energy access for all: Why civil society's contribution is crucial
The key to achieve universal energy access is diverse partnerships. We need all sectors of society – public, private and civil society – to do their part and work together. This report demonstrates specifically the role of Civil society organisations in ensuring energy access for all.

Civil society involvement in SEforAll processes - survey findings 2016
From its inception in 2012, the SEforAll initiative envisioned a multi-stakeholder approach to creating sustainable energy solutions. At the core of the initiative is diverse partnerships. Meaningful participation by civil society organizations and community-based organizations  is widely recognized as being essential. This survey examines the depth of this participation in a variety of countries. 

Demanding Supply
What role will ordinary people play in energy systems of the future? IIED and Hivos asked leading energy thinkers for their views which we present in this paper. 

The story of energy access: How Energia and Hivos work with partners to effect global change by focusing on local, sustainable solutions
The projects in this booklet work every angle and across sectors to solve the issue of energy access. Ranging from off-grid “first mile” communities to government buildings in capital cities where energy legislation is passed, these projects empower female energy entrepreneurs, introduce technical innovation, and expand supply chains.

Civil society participation in the Sustainable Energy For All initiative
This paper provides a ‘snapshot’ of the civil society experience of SE4ALL to date in order to understand the entry points for – and some of the challenges – of participation.

Joint report 2015: Are you in? 100% renewables, zero poverty
There is a growing movement of leaders from villages, cities and businesses around the world who are not waiting for national governments to act, but are getting their own communities on track to a 100% renewable energy powered future to deliver the just, equitable, healthy and prosperous world we need. This report features a range of these people whose stories highlight the development benefits derived from getting on track to go 100% renewable.

Accelerating SDG7 Achievement - Policy Brief 24
This policy brief on Energy Sector Transformation: Decentralized Renewable Energy for Universal Energy Access, is prepared as inputus for the UN High Level Political Forum SDG7 review. 



Unlocking climate finance for decentralised energy access
The study was commissioned by Hivos as part of the our policy and advocacy work on climate change, green energy and energy access. The study provides an overview of present climate finance flows towards decentralised energy access projects in order to gauge its potential for providing energy access to the poor, to identify what barriers exist and to consider how such barriers might be overcome.

EU Financial Instruments for Access to Energy
Tthis study aims to provide insights into the approaches and instruments adopted by the EU to promote access to energy, and their ability to reach the poor and remote areas and contribute to SDG 7. It looks at EU’s financial instruments to leverage private finance in view to promote universal access to energy. 



Learning from practice: A case study of the multi-actor Sumba Iconic Island initiative
In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos examined its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. This case study recounts the experiences of the Sumba Iconic Island multi-actor initiative established by Hivos in 2009.

People empowering change
Sumba is one of many thousands of unknown islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It has beautiful beaches and pristine mountains, but also poverty-stricken inhabitants with no prospects of economic or social development. Until, that is, Hivos put the island on the map in 2011 in an ambitious experiment: Iconic Island Sumba.



Biogas and household air polution Cambodia
This study was set-up with the aim to quantify the health impact of NBP by measuring the reduction of hazardous pollutants, CO and PM2.5 of households that use biogas and matching households in terms of family size, socioeconomic conditions and cooking conditions without a biodigester.


Clean Cooking

Beyond Fire: How to achieve sustainable cooking
This report critically evaluates the viability and scalability of existing alternatives for clean cooking.

Dutch approach for clean cooking solutions
Dutch public and private actors join hands to tackle inhouse air pollution by promoting Clean Cooking Solutions. Together we strive for healthy living conditions, especially for women, and less environmental damage due to deforestation. This approach offers great opportunities for carbon market development and innovations geared towards the cleanest solutions!