Delivering Energy Services for Poverty Reduction: Success Stories from Asia and the Pacific


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Delivering Energy Services for Poverty Reduction - Success Stories from Asia and the Pacific

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UNDP Report


Regional Energy Programme for Poverty Reduction - UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok

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UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok
3rd Floor, United Nations Service Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
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This report was developed as part of UNDP’s ongoing efforts to enhance knowledge by sharing experiences from implementing projects on energy for poverty reduction in the Asia-Pacific region. Twelve projects deemed successful were selected from UNDP’s portfolio of energy projects in the region.

The outcomes of these diverse projects vary according to their country setting, and project objectives and implementation approaches. However, the selected projects were considered successful because they have been largely positive in improving people’s lives. They have demonstrated that improving access to energy services can be an effective entry point to achieving diverse and multiple development outcomes. This can be achieved by promoting the efficient use of cleaner fuels and end-use technologies, decentralized energy solutions and financing for energy.

The projects were selected based on a process of peer review by UNDP staff. The criteria used in determining successful projects were the following

  • Creation of sustainable livelihoods, including micro-enterprises;
  • Improved access to services, such as infrastructure, education, health and clean water;
  • Positive macroeconomic impacts, including growth and employment;
  • Links to national policies, including national development strategies and priorities;
  • Sense of ownership of the initiative at the local or national levels;
  • Use of consultative and participatory processes;
  • Interventions tailored to the country context; and
  • Capacity development in monitoring, analysis and reporting.


Chapter 1 - Energy, poverty reduction and development
Chapter 2 - Energy services that reduce poverty and provide multiple benefits
Chapter 3 - Energy projects that deliver
Chapter 4 - Success Factors


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 Delieverty Energy Services for Poverty Reduction AsiaPacific 2008.pdf

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