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.


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.

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 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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