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Energy For Rural Livelihoods : A framework for sustainable decision making - Yacob Mulugetta

Energy For Rural Livelihoods

A framework for sustainable decision making

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9781853394874
Number Of Pages: 192

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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.

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of boxesp. x
List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Energy services and rural livelihoodsp. 2
Decision making in the rural energy sectorp. 4
Purpose of the manualp. 5
The structure of the manualp. 6
Energy services and technology choicep. 9
Introductionp. 9
Assessment methods for energy demand and supplyp. 10
Technology and skillsp. 17
Standards, specifications and quality controlp. 20
Summary and conclusionp. 25
Social development assessmentp. 26
Introductionp. 26
Social assessment methods and toolsp. 26
Applying social assessment methods and toolsp. 37
Summary and conclusionsp. 51
Economic and financial appraisalp. 53
Introductionp. 53
Some discussionp. 54
The principles of economic appraisalp. 55
Economic appraisal methodsp. 56
Limitations of financial appraisalp. 66
Summary and conclusionsp. 70
Environmental and resource assessmentp. 72
Introductionp. 72
Environmental analysis techniquesp. 73
Discussion on energy, environment and developmentp. 90
Summary and conclusionsp. 93
Institutional appraisal and developmentp. 94
Introductionp. 94
Institutions in the energy sectorp. 95
Applying institutional assessment methods and toolsp. 100
Summary and conclusionsp. 121
Case study: energy services for the Satsy cooperativep. 122
Introductionp. 122
Social development needsp. 124
Technology considerationsp. 129
Economic assessment: pre-feasibility studyp. 134
Environmental considerationp. 136
Institutional developmentp. 141
Case study conclusionp. 145
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9781853394874
ISBN-10: 1853394874
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34