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Energy concerns in Nepal

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From the Manifesto roundtable with students on the MA in Science, Society and Development at IDS, Brighton, 20 January 2010.

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Energy concerns in Nepal

  1. 1. STEPS Centre Roundtable Group Members: Satchida Rana, Indie Dinala, Purvi Malhotra, Shoumojit Kanjilal, Louise Carver IDS MA Science, Society and Development Brighton, UK, 20 th January 2010
  2. 2. Group Focus: Local Level Energy Concerns in Nepal
  3. 3. * Reliable supply, equitable, accessible, affordable, country owned/ sovereignty, regional cooperation for water/ energy management, alternative/ renewable, political stability and buy in, preventing lock-in in the planning infrastructure *Mapping electricity boards nationally and establish distribution, household survey data, institutional- South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation <ul><li>Key Features of your Vision - Sustainability and Development Objectives </li></ul>Part 1: Where do we want to go?
  4. 4. Describe Innovations (technical, social, organisational, etc), Institutions, Policies and Practices that support the objectives chosen. * Maximising efficient use of existing energy supplies (reducing waste, energy saving technology) * evaluation and improvement for policy (economically viable and remunerative for the country’s growth. * Participatory political systems * Better coordination between institutional actors * Alternative energy source development for diverse supplies (hydro, biomass, solar, mini-hydro) * Culturally/ socially appropriate and community owned technology Local entrepreneurship capacity building Part 2: How do we get there? Creating the Conditions
  5. 5. Part 2: How do we get there? Constraints Describe factors (innovations, institutions, policies or practices, social, political, cultural, etc) that constrain or detract from the success of sustainable innovations and practices described. Explain. * Political instability, weak government and institutional arrangement, corruption * inadequate resources/ capital- both human and economic * Political party vested interests- lack of capacity to deal with social concerns * Cost of infrastructure- geographical topography, demographic distribution * Lack of negotiating capacity at a regional level (in South Asia)
  6. 6. A Twitter SMS Manifesto on ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development’ In 140 characters or less, what is your ‘Manifesto’? Reliable , equitable, accessible, affordable, citizen owned and sovereign energy sources, with effective regional cooperation and democratic representation at every level; with specific focus on remote and poor areas. Eliminating energy poverty, reducing social disparity without compromising the ability to adapt to future socio-economic, technological and environmental needs, and contributing towards poverty reduction.

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