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Off- and Weak-Grid Appliances Impact Assessment Framework

This Framework amalgamates evidence on the impacts of four high-performing appliances: fans, refrigerators, solar water pumps, and TVs.

High-performing appliances have significant positive social, environmental, and economic impacts on people and their communities in low- and middle- income countries.

Efficiency for Access partnered with Rural Senses and SVT Group to create an impact assessment framework for off- and weak-grid appliances. This Framework amalgamates evidence on the impacts of four high-performing appliances: fans, refrigerators, solar water pumps, and TVs. It provides a set of formulae that have a common language and structure to help quantify these impacts. The Framework and formulae will help facilitate the financing, planning, measuring, and reporting of these impacts, and in doing so help stakeholders identify opportunities and minimise risks. Efficiency for Access is publishing a number of outputs based on this study, to help identify the impacts of high-performing appliances further.

Methodology report:

This report outlines the work undertaken to develop a standard Impact Assessment Framework. It harmonises existing evidence from a wide range of studies into an easy to use and robust set of impact indicators for high-performing appliances. It contains an in-depth guide on how to use the spreadsheet tool and interpret data for each of the appliances studied.

Framework spreadsheet tool:

This spreadsheet Framework tool can estimate the impact of high performing appliances and/or their distribution, with the correct formulae and variables entered into the data model. You can browse by input variables, appliances, and see where there are data gaps. For full instructions on how to use this tool, please refer to the methodology report above. Click here to go to the spreadsheet tool.