The private sector is historically efficient and effective in innovating and providing services to paying customers, in pursuit of profit. This sort of focus and dedication to the end goal is sometime lacking in the implementation of on the ground actors trying to work in the traditional donor model of ending poverty. My experience of this is drawn from 4 years in the UK energy private sector and a year working with GVEP International, now Energy 4 Impact, on the ground in East Africa. Working as a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) advisor under the World Bank funded EBD project and SIDA funded CARE 2, I have proven cases where the inclusion of the private sector has enabled affordable energy access at an accelerated yet sustainable pace. This is in line with working towards Sustainable Development Goal 7.
Note: This is a guest post by MAKENA IRERI an Engineer, Energy professional and blogger. The idea will be further developed in the next post coming soon, stay tuned!! The images used were downloaded from Google, image credits to the owners.