STRENGTHEN Publication Series

Rural renewable energy investments and their impact on employment

Working Paper No. 1

This series of project publications aims to capture the tools, methods, and processes developed under the EC and ILO joint project entitled “Strengthening the
Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies", as well as the findings from implementing these in the ten partner countries.

The literature on access to rural energy through renewable energy is expanding rapidly, as are manifold initiatives to achieve universal access. However, much of the literature is concerned with technical aspects, financing, and the policies needed to generate an enabling environment. Only a minor portion addresses the employment aspects in more than a cursory manner. This report marshals relevant information in an effort to assess existing and potential employment impacts.