Energy for Rural Livelihoods: A Framework for Sustainable Decision Making

Energy for Rural Livelihoods: A Framework for Sustainable Decision Making

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By (author) Yacob Mulugetta, By (author) Alison Doig, By (author) Simon Dunnett, By (author) Tim Jackson, By (author) Smail Khennas, By (author) Kavita Rai

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  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853394874
  • ISBN 13: 9781853394874
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 977,155

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Energy is vital to health, well being and economic survival. But the task of providing sustainable energy services to rural communities in developing countries is a complex one. Social priorities, environmental issues, financial constraints, gender differences, demographic characteristics, technical considerations and institutional frameworks all play some role in ensuring that energy investments meet the needs of local people. The energy challenge for the 21st Century is to integrate these diverse constraints into a coherent decision-making framework. This book provides an illustrated and accessible guidance manual for this task. The primary audience for the manual consists of energy analysts, policy makers, development workers and researchers in developing countries. The secondary beneficiaries will be academics interested in development issues, energy industry experts and decision-makers at the local or government level involved in making decisions about energy and development policies. The manual presents a range of analytical techniques to assist in evaluating and comparing energy technology options from a variety of important perspectives. The work distills experiences and draws lessons from previous rural energy activities, and presents a variety of relevant analysis tools that will contribute towards upgrading current decision making practices in rural energy development. The manual demonstrates how integrating technical, economic, social, institutional and environmental criteria forms the basis of "good practice" in rural energy planning and policy development. Analytical techniques are described and illustrated with the help of case studies and information acquired from various parts of the developing world to show how the techniques can be applied in real situations.

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Alison Doig is Energy Policy Advisor for Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Yacob Mulugetta is Lecturer in Environmental Management at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey. Simon Dunnett was recently an Energy Researcher with Practical Action. Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey. Smail Khennas was recently Senior Energy Specialist with Practical Action. Kavita Rai is an independent social science consultant

Table of contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; Energy services and rural livelihoods; Decision making in the rural energy sector; Purpose of the manual; The structure of the manual; 2 Energy services and technology choice; Introduction; Assessment methods for energy demand and supply; Technology and skills; Standards, specifications and quality control; Summary and conclusion; 3 Social development assessment; Introduction; Social assessment methods and tools; Applying social assessment methods and tools; Summary and conclusions; 4 Economic and financial appraisal; Introduction; Some discussion; The principles of economic appraisal; Economic appraisal methods; Limitations of financial appraisal; Summary and conclusions; 5 Environmental and resource assessment; Introduction; Environmental analysis techniques; Discussion on energy, environment and development; Summary and conclusions; 6 Institutional appraisal and development; Introduction; Institutions in the energy sector; Applying institutional assessment methods and tools; Summary and conclusions; 7 Case study: energy services for the Satsy cooperative; Introduction; Social development needs; Technology considerations; Economic assessment: pre-feasibility study; Environmental consideration; Institutional development; Case study conclusion; References; Index