Pro-poor, low carbon development

The project’s full title is “Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries”. The project is a partnership between the African Technology Policy Studies Network in Kenya and the University of Sussex in the UK (including the STEPS CentreSussex Energy Group and Tyndall Centre). The project aims to inform the development of Climate Innovation Centres in various developing countries by analysing the history of, and actors involved in, the adoption of solar home systems in Kenya. The objective is to improve the ability of policy to facilitate the transfer and uptake of low carbon technologies in developing countries, and to do so in ways that can assist in their economic development. Especially challenging but of critical importance to this economic development, the project aims to identify ways in which low carbon technologies can benefit poor people by improving access to modern energy services.
The project brings to bear innovative theory which builds on the STEPS Centre’s Pathways Approach to bridge relevant insights from academic literature in the fields of both innovation studies and socio-technical transitions. Further details and all associated briefing notes, peer-reviewed working papers, presentations, and so on, can be found on the project web page (see below for details).
David Ockwell ( and Rob Byrne (
April 2012 to March 2014
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), an initiative that in turn is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
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