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This report profiles three promising models of commercial forestry that can contribute to modernization and rationalization of the wood energy sector in developing countries: (i) community-based forest management (CBFM), (ii) private woodlots in Sub-Saharan Africa, and (iii) forest replacement associations (FRA) in Latin America.
Together, the World Bank’s Africa Energy Group (AFTEG) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) will work to implement ACCES in close coordination and through a strategic partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance), and Sustainable Energy For All (SEFA) to scale-up clean cooking and fuel technologies through a consultative, integrated, enterprise-based approach to regional development.
Cleaner Hearths, Better Homes draws on case studies from six Indian states—Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal—and other stove programs around the globe. It discusses both, the shortcomings and positive features of India's legacy improved biomass stove programs, and suggests policies and practical ways to promote the use of cleaner burning, energy efficient, and affordable stoves.
This Paper argues that the creation of sustainable wood-based biomass energy sectors could help client countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, energy security, low-carbon growth and sustainable nature resources management. Achieving these goals is at the core of the World Bank’s mission of alleviating poverty and promoting economic development.
The report provides a unique overview of the World Bank Experience and important lessons learned by other multilateral, bilateral, and government organizations. We expect that this report will provide insights for policy makers, stakeholders, and donors in meeting the challenge of providing clean cooking and heating solutions to poor households in developing countries.
|Featured Modern Energy Access for the Urban Poor Publications|
Rapid urban growth in developing countries has created an unprecedented demand for energy services. Cities face the enormous challenge of improving energy access to urban communities in order to improve education, health and basic socioeconomic conditions. These eight case studies demonstrate innovative, successful approaches to delivery of energy services to the urban and peri-urban poor. The case studies focus on electricity and clean fuels, and are taken from India, Brazil, Colombia and Bangladesh.
The goal of this knowledge product is to document global best practices that can be shared amongst developing countries stakeholders to address issues of energy poverty and access. The case studies in this report represent innovative and diverse efforts, enabled by specific factors that may be replicated under identifiable circumstances.
This report summarizes the main findings of the scoping study conducted by the Energy Center, KNUST in three slums in Ghana from 1st October, 2010 to 20th December, 2010. The study aims to better understand slum dwellers’ key challenges to access to modern energy for household uses and productive activities.
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This study has been designed to organize an evaluation system that measures the impact of micro-hydro installations on rural livelihoods and to establish a monitoring system for the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)—a government institution under the oversight of the Ministry of Environment and operating under a semi-autonomous status—to continually measure the results of the renewable energy programs against the targets.
This report discusses how a diverse set of countries in the developing world has overcome the challenge of rural electrification. The case studies provide insights on how to develop effective institutions, provide efficient and enabling subsidies, and keep distribution utilities afloat financially, in order to increase access to electricity for rural areas.
The workshop set out to address a number of relevant electrification topics previously identified through in-depth discussions and ongoing knowledge exchanges among a growing network of SSA practitioners. The workshop’s main focus was on ground-level implementation of different institutional approaches to electrification, with particular focus on the experiences of rural energy agencies/rural energy funds (REAs/REFs) across SSA.
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AFREA | Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program
The Africa Renewable Energy Access program (AFREA) was established in 2009 to help meet energy needs and widen access to energy services in Sub-Saharan African countries in an environmentally responsible way.
AFREA was set up through a US$28.875 million contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Clean Energy Investment Framework Multi-Donor Trust Fund (CEIF-MDTF) of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).