Publication - Definitions and Differences: The Evolving Space of Energy Access in Humanitarian Energy.
Definitions and Differences: The Evolving Space of Energy Access in Humanitarian Energy.
Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) Project, Coventry University
Al-Kaddo, H. and Rosenberg-Jansen, S.
The humanitarian energy sector has been rapidly developing over the past five years. While initial policy discussions and intervention actions were focused on refugees in camps, the sector now also covers IDPs, as well as the communities that host displaced people. To support the development of the sector, this briefing paper outlines a number of commonly used definitions and concepts within the humanitarian energy community and discusses why a number of differences have emerged within terminology for energy access for displaced people. It is hoped that the paper will facilitate discussion among partners and sector stakeholders and inform consensus on the types of terminology to be used in the future. Aligning and standardising definitions may be the first step in harmonisation across the sector and pushing forward institutional action on sustainable energy at a faster pace than has been possible so far. This paper also offers a timely input for the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) process which will draw attention to the issue of energy for refugees during Autumn 2021.