The Energy for Growth Hub


Reliable, abundant energy powers modern life and modern economies, and lack of sufficient energy—not just enough to light a home, but to power a factory or a mine or an office building—has emerged as a major constraint to growth in many developing countries. But too often, energy poverty remains far down the development agenda, or the energy goals embedded in international efforts are far too modest. 

Building off a long internal program of work on energy, CGD incubated a new organization focused on research and advocacy to end global energy poverty, particularly in developing Africa and Asia.

The Energy for Growth Hub built off a landmark report published by CGD, and since its launch as an independent organization in 2019 it has continued to advocate for a focus on eliminating energy poverty in government policy and at foundations, including by successfully working with the US International Development Finance Corporation to lift prohibitions on financing nuclear power projects and by crafting a significantly higher global minimum energy access standard, the Modern Energy Minimum, that several foundations have adopted as a goal. 

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Todd Moss

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