Our guidelines for intervention

We respond to the needs of peoples in distress, whether they have been forgotten by development policies or have been hit by a natural disaster or conflict.

Our fields of activity



70 % of our projects

Fostering human and economic development for the poorest thanks to access to electricity and water.


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6 % of our projects

Assisting disaster victims and other NGOs working in humanitarian disaster emergencies.



Expertise and support

24 % of our projects

Applying our expertise to the provision of access to electricity and water at the service of international solidarity actors.


Meeting basic needs

Because of its cross-cutting nature, access to electricity and water contributes to addressing food, educational, health, safety, social, economic and environmental challenges.

The sustainability of our actions

Our activities in the field have been based, since 1986, on guiding principles based on our know-how and experience. These principles guarantee the smooth running of projects and ensure that they fully and sustainably meet the needs expressed by local populations.

A practical guide for projects’ design and implementation was created with the support of the URD group. It is declined on 12 criteria, illustrated by examples of the best practices guide and by mistakes to avoid for ensuring the quality of the rural electrification projects.

Going where others don’t

Because 80% of people without sustainable access to electricity are located in rural areas, Electriciens sans frontières acts primarily in rural areas which are far from national electricity networks.

Starting from locally expressed needs

The projects are based on taking into account local social and economic concerns in order to provide efficient solutions adapted to the needs on the ground.

Using as many renewable resources as possible

When choosing which energy sources to use, our projects favour renewable energies in a desire to reduce the environmental impact of the installations, but also because they prove, over time, to be the most economical.

Meeting energy efficiency criteria

The energy efficiency of a facility depends on the number of beneficiaries, how much it will cost and its environmental impact. The projects aim to cover as many people as possible, minimizing both its costs and environmental impact.

Opting for collective structures

The projects concern schools, vocational training centres, health centres, public places, etc. The objective is to meet basic needs, without creating any social divisions.

Involving the beneficiaries

Involving local people is essential for exploiting the facilities, which is itself a guarantee of sustainability. All our activities are carried out in close collaboration with local actors, from the realization of the project to the maintenance of the installations.

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