Joint Rural Electrification Workshops with UNEP and UNDP in Asia

 

When: 2005

Where: Thailand

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Identify the main challenges of rural electrification, based on a review of project experiences covering all stages of the project development cycle
  • Review best practices and determine effective approaches by which to address the challenges of rural electrification in the local context
  • Specify roles that stakeholders can play in ensuring that rural electrification projects are consistent with sustainability principles
  • Improve the ability of rural electrification project developers to develop project proposals that are eligible for funding and/or technical support
  • Improve the ability of rural electrification program stakeholders (energy ministries, rural agencies, etc.) to create the best institutional framework to support these programs

When: 2005

Where: Thailand

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Rural electrification has a great potential to alleviate poverty and spur economic development, yet poses unique challenges to project developers due to the remote location of projects in developing countries.

We worked together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a series of three workshops that would provide selected practitioners a process to facilitate and promote rural electrification in their countries, one in Asia and two in Africa.

The first workshop took place in Bangkok, Thailand from February 23-25, 2005. Over 50 participants from 11 countries from the region attended the workshop. Discussions centered on project identification, development, and implementation and the importance of post implementation aspects of rural electrification projects.

The other two workshops were held in Nairobi, Kenya March 1-3, 2006 and in Yaoundé, Cameroon April 18-20, 2007. Both workshops in Africa built on the success of the first one in Asia, with strong participation from local rural electrification stakeholders.

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Kansai Electric Power
  • RWE
  • ScottishPower
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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