Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific Region - Challenges and Lessons from UNDP Projects


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Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific Region - Challenges and Lessons from UNDP Projects

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UNDP report


Seeta Giri;

Tek B. Gurung; M. Aminul Islam; Thomas Lynge Jensen; Imee Manal; Ugyen P. Norbu; K.V. Ramani; K. Usha Rao; Ucok W.R. Siagian; Jane Steel

Editors: Sooksiri Chamsuk; Kamal Rijal; Minoru Takada

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ISBN: 974-92647-0-3

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The initation of the Energy Working Group (EWG) in Asia and the Pacific was based on the concept of bringing together staff from regional UNDP Country Offices, who were interested in energy and sustainable development, to form a working group for sharing experiences and lessons learned among energy practitioners. The EWG was launched during the Energy and Environment Regional Workshop, in November 2002, in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop identified the energy focal-point of UNDP Nepal, Tek B. Gurung, as a “Champion” to lead the EWG process, facilitated by the Sustainable Energy Team based at the Bangkok SURF, UNDP. As a first step, a series of electronic discussions was organized to identify key EWG activities. One of the main activities identified was the preparation of case studies based on UNDP supported energy projects implemented within the region. This publication is a good example of the EWG effort. Currently, the EWG has 44 members, of whom 21, from 14 countries, represent UNDP Country Offices; 23 are UNDP Policy Advisors and Programme Specialists. During the Energy and Environment Practice Workshop held in Bangkok in May 2004, the need to expand the EWG into a fully-fledged “community of energy sub-practice”, including practitioners from UNDP supported energy projects was agreed on. It was also suggested that UNDP project professionals/practitioners/policy advisors dealing with UNDP’s core development practices (such as environment, poverty and democratic governance) need to be encouraged to join the team for cross-fertilization of cross-practice initiatives and innovations. Based on the recommendations, requests for lists of selected energy practitioners engaged in UNDP supported projects were made to UNDP Country Office energy focal points. With these additions, the EWG – expanded into Community of Energy Sub-practice in Asia and the Pacific (CEPAP), – now has a total membership of 104. CEPAP is envisaged to:

  • function as a vibrant community of practice around energy and cross-practice linkages, which contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of UNDP programming in the energy and non-energy sectors;
  • heighten awareness of the linkages between energy and other (sub) practices, including contribution of energy to advance development objectives (including achievement of the Millenium Development Goals); and,
  • make a contribution from Asia and the Pacific to the evolution of the UNDP as a practice-based organization in the field, including codification of data, information sharing and knowledge management at the global level.

For further detail or to express your interest in becoming part of the field-based practice initiative, please contact the facilitator, Sooksiri Chamsuk, at


Chapter 1
Energy for sustainable development: Challenges for Asia and the Pacific and lessons from UNDP projects in the region (K .V. Ramani)
Chapter 2
Sustainable rural energy in Bangladesh: A multistakeholder and multidimensional approach towards mainstreaming renewable energy technologies (M.Aminul Islam)
Chapter 3
Working with rural communities to conserve wood energy: A case study from Bhutan (Ugyen P.Norbu and Seeta Giri)
Chapter 4
Participatory approaches to rural energy supply: A case study of biomass energy for rural India (K.Usha Rao)
Chapter 5
Microhydro case study:The Garung and Seloliman projects in Indonesia (Ucok W.R. Siagian)
Chapter 6
The Rural Energy Development Programme as a model of holistic rural development in Nepal (Tek B.Gurung)
Chapter 7
Financing for renewable energy: Lessons from the FINESSE project in the Philippines (Minoru Takada, Sooksiri Chamsuk, Imee Manal and Jane Steel)
Chapter 8
Sustainable power supply on Apolima Island, Samoa (Thomas Lynge Jensen)


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External Resources


 Energy for Sustainable Development UNDP Asia and Pacific.pdf

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