AED's mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives by working in partnership to create and implement innovative solutions to critical social and economic problems. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world.
AED aims to strengthen the enabling environment and policies needed to support energy options for sustainable development. AED provides energy solutions that integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for empowering people. AED’s work in energy focuses on capacity building and public outreach in the energy sector, including energy efficiency, governance, regulation, public participation, regional cooperation, and program design and evaluation. AED is leader in social marketing and behavior change, including in energy and environmental areas. AED has developed an Implementer’s Toolkit to fuel-efficient stove programs in humanitarian settings.