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Driving Accountability: Access to Energy

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Accountability is the push or the motivation to drive exemplary performance. If you want your employees to remain motivated and dedicated to work and project assigned. Whenever a new employee joins an organization, his enthusiasm is exceptionally high, but his motivation and spirit decrease as he begins to settle down in the company. But when we talk about an accountable person, he will always be motivated to complete his task on time and keep his performance to higher standards. Energy access is critical to economic growth, social development, and poverty reduction. However, more than a billion people worldwide still need access to electricity, and many more struggle with unreliable or low-quality energy services. The lack of energy access has profound implications for individuals, communities, and nations, limiting opportunities for education, healthcare, communication, and economic activity. Therefore, driving accountability for energy access is essential to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of modern energy services and no one is left behind.  

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Here are some ways in which accountability can be ensured

1. Transparent Reporting

Companies need transparency about their energy access initiatives’ progress and outcomes. This includes reporting on the number of people who have gained access to energy, the types of energy solutions provided, and the impact on the local communities. By doing so, the companies can hold themselves accountable for their commitments and demonstrate to stakeholders their progress toward achieving their goals. 

2. Community Engagement

Community engagement is critical to the success of any energy access initiative. Companies must engage with local communities to understand their needs and preferences and co-create solutions tailored to them. This engagement ensures that the answers provided are sustainable and that the local communities feel ownership and a sense of responsibility for maintaining and operating the energy infrastructure. 

3. Responsible Investment

Companies must ensure that their investments in energy access initiatives are accountable and ethical. This investment includes considering their assets’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts and conducting due diligence to ensure that their investments do not harm local communities or exacerbate existing inequalities. Companies must also adhere to international standards, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Equator Principles, which provide guidelines for responsible investment. 

4. Collaboration

Collaboration among stakeholders is essential to drive accountability in the access to energy initiatives. Companies should engage with governments, civil society organizations, and local communities to ensure that their initiatives align with national priorities and are responsive to the needs of the local communities. Collaboration can also help companies identify and address any potential negative impacts of their initiatives and find solutions that benefit all stakeholders.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are critical to ensuring accountability in energy access initiatives. Companies must establish robust monitoring and evaluation systems to track the progress of their endeavours, measure their impact, and identify areas for improvement. This evaluation includes conducting baseline surveys, tracking key performance indicators, and engaging with local communities to gather feedback and insights. 


Driving accountability in the organization’s access to energy initiatives is critical to ensuring that these initiatives are effective, sustainable, and beneficial for all stakeholders. By implementing transparency, community engagement, responsible investment, collaboration, and monitoring and evaluation, private sector companies can significantly contribute to expanding access to energy while promoting sustainable and equitable development. Finally, monitoring and evaluation are essential for ensuring accountability in energy access initiatives. Finally, private sector companies must establish robust monitoring and evaluation systems to track the progress of their endeavours, measure their impact, and identify areas for improvement.