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Energy for Prosperity


Matthew Cullinen

senior director, renewable energy

Richard Harrison

ceo, smart power myanmar

Globally, more than 1 billion people lack access to energy. For developing communities, this presents a major roadblock to progress, in areas from education and livelihoods to health and food security. 

With a focus on innovation and social enterprise, Pact’s Energy for Prosperity program, or E4P, works to improve access to energy as part of an integrated approach to development that creates the systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

We collaborate with governments, companies, investors and other civil society organizations to connect supply and demand for energy, remove market distortions and work toward a future in which all people have the skills and resources they need to enjoy the many benefits of modern energy.

Energy for Prosperity began in Myanmar and is now expanding globally. From solar home systems to mini grids, we’re advancing reliable solutions that are safer, cheaper and cleaner than typical alternatives such as wood, kerosene, candles and diesel. With increasing access to energy, the communities we serve are launching and expanding new businesses, powering farm equipment and drinking water systems, reading to their children at night and more.

Expanding access to energy can contribute to achieving each of the Sustainable Development Goals, and is a goal in itself, making it a crucial part of the global development agenda.

A global transition to modern energy services does not have to mean significant negative impacts for developing communities that rely on mining. With our integrated approach, our Mines to Markets program and participation in initiatives such as the Global Battery Alliance, Pact is working to ensure responsible mineral supply chains and clean energy storage. 

Energy for Prosperity guiding principles:

  • Technology agnostic, community focused. We work to implement solutions that best meet the needs of the communities we serve.
  • Fair market competition. We do not advocate for individual service providers or vendors. Instead we seek to stimulate the creation of well-functioning markets.
  • Evidence-based. We design solutions and select service providers based on empirical research and comparative analysis, with input from communities and technical experts.
  • Renewable Energy Solutions. We believe in a clean energy future, but we also approach the energy access challenge pragmatically, working with communities to identify the most sustainable, cost effective solutions.

Stories and Highlights

New market analysis shows high potential for sustainable, successful mini-grid solutions for electrifying Myanmar

June 3, 2019
As part of ongoing efforts to bring electricity to every household and business in Myanmar, Smart Power Myanmar, a national platform with a mandate to advance a modern energy ecosystem in country,...

Ahlin Yaung: Lighting a path to prosperity and development

December 6, 2018
U Kyaw Htay, a villager in Myanmar’s Myeik township, Tanintharyi Region, used to only do business when the sun was up. With his wife, he runs a small café shop that caters to his neighbors in Ashae...

Ending energy poverty: An interview with Pact's Matthew Cullinen

August 21, 2018
For years, Pact has worked with rural communities in Myanmar to improve their lives. With its partners, the organization has helped villages make dramatic change in areas including health, water and...

The next phase of rural electrification in Myanmar

June 26, 2018
How do you provide a service when neither the provider nor the customer has a good sense of the demand? This is one of the main challenges facing the off-grid energy industry in Myanmar, a country...

Pact launches Energy for Prosperity, a global initiative to improve energy access in developing communities

May 2, 2018
Today, Pact announced the launch of a new global initiative called Energy for Prosperity (E4P) to improve energy access in low- and middle-income communities as part of the organization’s integrated...

With renewable energy, building prosperity in rural Myanmar

April 29, 2018
Sein Win May has spent more than her share of time in the dark. At 51, she has lived her whole life in Shin Hla, a remote village of about 600 people in Myanmar’s Dry Zone that is accessible only by...

The dark secret powering your cell phone

September 20, 2017
This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website.  As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for...

Major push to end the hidden human toll and pollution behind smartphone and electric car batteries

September 19, 2017
Businesses, international organizations and NGOs have joined forces to end child labour, hazardous working conditions, pollution and the environmental damage behind the booming trade in batteries for...

Pact's Ahlin Yaung brings clean, reliable energy to 100,000+ in rural Myanmar

February 8, 2017
Since March 2015, with financial support from Chevron, Shell and ABB, Pact has worked to improve access to renewable energy for families in Myanmar’s Dry Zone region. In response to energy challenges...

Pact brings solar energy to rural Myanmar communities

March 23, 2015
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is partnering with Pact to bring electricity in the form of solar power to approximately 3,500 people in villages in rural areas of Mandalay,...