The first International Energy Poverty Action Week (IEPAW) was held virtually from 21st to 25th February 2022. This independent initiative brought together academics, policymakers and practitioners in the field of energy poverty and energy access for a series of five seminars, discussions and workshops centred on finding actionable solutions to this global issue.
A whole day was dedicated to the energy access gap in Africa, and the LEAP-RE consortium was particularly well represented, with three out of four speakers. The organiser and moderator of this session is also involved in EURICA (WP 15). Therefore, attention focused on technologies for electrification in Africa, moving away from centralised fossil fuels to decentralised renewables on the continent. The session demonstrated how access to clean energy, decentralised renewable production, and innovation address the intertwined challenges of human development and sustainable growth.