SD Strategies is a policy and communications consultancy. We focus on issues at the intersection of economic and social development, energy, and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, SD Strategies often works as a collaborative work-desk partnering with leading individuals and institutions from all over the world. Our partners and clients are governments, international organizations, civil society actors and representatives of the private sector. Still in its first year, SD Strategies was named Best Energy & Economic Development Consultancy and received the 2018 Clean Energy Award from Global Energy Review.

This study quantifies – and offers concrete evidence of – the co-benefits that can be obtained by implementing the climate agenda in coordination with the sustainable development agenda in Mexico. It measures six priority co-benefits resulting from the implementation of three current and two potential Mexican NDC commitments.

Building on experiences from Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the case study offers an overview of approaches to the design of community engagement programmes and highlights key challenges and success factors. It is a useful resource for other countries interested in developing systems and strategies for embedding community engagement in their rural electrification efforts.

The report presents the design and outcomes of the APEC-supported Empowering Women as Managers in the Renewable Energy Sector project, implemented jointly between SD Strategies, Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) and the Nedworc Foundation (NWF). The project focused on developing the skills and confidence of women working in the renewable energy sector in the APEC region to advance in their careers as leaders and entrepreneurs.

This analysis presents policies and measures to support Sierra Leone’s ongoing lighting market transformation, in keeping with the country’s national energy, energy efficiency, environmental, social and economic development plans. The suggested priorities reference existing national legislation, agreements, plans and other regional and international documents.

The concept paper proposes a multi-level process for the development of an NDC action plan that strengthens local-level engagement in national-level policy formulation and concrete project implementation. The concept note builds on the outcomes of the IKI NDC Support Cluster workshop on innovative approaches to NDC implementation.

This report outlines key findings based on the review of existing policies and regulations that are relevant for developing the mini-grid sector in Sierra Leone. It then discusses policy and institutional reform options that can inform the Government’s decision-making, using an original framework based on international best practice for mini-grid sector development.

The concept paper focuses on the development of long-term climate-compatible sectoral strategies and action plans to be used as a tool for achieving and raising the ambition of national mitigation and adaptation goals.

This briefing paper provides input to Sierra Leone’s rural electrification strategy building. It assesses different pathways for providing electricity access to Sierra Leoneans currently not being served by modern power services.

This article summarises the pressing energy situation in Africa, framing the key challenges in terms of energy prices, demand, availability and expected demand growth, and exploring solutions through the various potentials for alternative energy sources.

This Policy Brief for the Europen Union Energy Iinititive summarises the current state of efforts towards SDG7, describes major stepping stones in the thematic review of SDG7, and highlights key challenges and opportunities for achieving universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

SD Strategies contributed research, writing and analysis to this report by Practical Action and E3Analytics for SEforAll. We present evidence on how enterprises delivering electricity access and clean cooking are being financed, based on analysis of five high-impact countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar and Nigeria.

This brief presents an overview of the European Portfolio on Energy and highlights EU ODA flows in the context of SDG 7. It identifies areas of potential improvement in monitoring and matching flows to address the multiple dimensions of SDG 7.

SD Strategies contributed two country cases, Costa Rica and Jamaica, and supported the design oft he methodology for this study by Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Brot für die Welt. It provides an overview of the different just transition, energy transformation and climate justice discourses and how they are reflected in the Paris Agreement.

Consideration of the entire spectrum of development impacts from electrification will be a defining feature for the long-term success of support for SDG7. This policy brief sheds light on how employment can be fostered through the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for energy.

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