As the marginalised actors in an energy system are typically very diverse, it is important for the market facilitators to start by carrying out a systematic assessment of the selected energy system to identify which market actors require empowerment and what type. Although this can be time consuming, it is key to reducing time and costs within the later steps of the roadmap.
Facilitators can use the list of market actors developed in Step 2, and the template in Annex 1, to develop a set of indicators of marginalisation, such as economic, social, political and informational, gender inequality, cultural or religious factors, to identify the most marginalised market actors.
They can then complete the following activities, making time to discuss within their project team and some of the market actors themselves, to systematically reflect on which aspects of marginalisation they wish to focus on and why:
Note: This assessment helps a market facilitator to increase their understanding of the marginalised actors within their target energy market system. It can also be used by the marginalised actors themselves to help them better understand their strengths and weaknesses, the forces that are causing their marginalisation, and the opportunities the market system offers to help them reduce their poverty. It is important to share the results with the marginalised actors, and make any adjustments, if possible.