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Capacity Development for Scaling Up Decentralized Energy Access: Lessons from Nepal on Its Role, Costs, and Financing

Series: UNDP Environment and Energy

By: Elisabeth Clemens(Author), Kamal Rijal(Author), Minoru Takada(Author)

68 pages, 20 colour illustrations

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jun 2010 | #207339 | ISBN-13: 9781853397165
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Micro hydro power is ideally suited to meeting the energy needs of remote communities.A national micro hydro programme has been operating for more than a decade in Nepal. Similarly a fuel-wood-conserving cooking stoves programme has been operating in Nepal for decades. Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes describes these two programmes and takes an in-depth look at the role of capacity development in scaling up from pilot projects to national programmes. Although it takes considerable upfront public investment to kick-start capacity development, once these investments have been made they can attract substantial financing from private sources at later programme stages.

Capacity Development for Scaling Up Decentralized Energy Access also explores potential future trends in programme costs and financing sources. It makes the case for upfront public investments to develop national and local capacities for scaling up rural energy services delivery, and to catalyse private financing. Capacity Development for Scaling Up Decentralized Energy Access provides an invaluable guide for decision makers, development practitioners, policy analysts, and programme planners.


Prelims (Foreword, Preface, Acronyms and abbreviations)

1. Introduction: Context and objectives
2. Role of capacity development for scaling up modern energy services UNDP's capacity assessment framework
3. Results of cost analysis What does 'total cost' mean?
4. Financing sources
5. Potential future trends in programme costs and financing sources
6. Conclusion

Annex 1: Nepal's national institutional set-up
Annex 2: REDP and CRT/N's management arrangements
Annex 3: UNDP capacity assessment framework
Annex 4: Functional and technical capacities and associated activities
Annex 5: Hard cost programme components
Back Matter (Endnotes, Bibliography)

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Elisabeth Clemens is an Energy Policy Analyst with the Sustainable Energy Programme within the Environment and Energy Group of UNDP in New York.

Kamal Rijal is a Policy Advisor with the Sustainable Energy Programme within UNDP's Environment and Energy Group in New York. Prior to joining UNDP, he served as an Energy Specialist with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and as a
Senior Advisor with the Government of Nepal's National Planning Commission.

Minoru Takada is Head of the Sustainable Energy Programme at the Environment and Energy Group of the United Nations Development Programme in New York. Before joining UNDP's Policy Bureau, he was posted at UNDP in Angola and also served in Ghana as a community development officer.

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