Sustainable Energy And Poverty Alleviation
Time and again policy makers have spoken of the importance of emergence of rural enterprises in India; especially in the rural sector. Reliable rural energy service can only be provided by ground level rural enterprises; an entity that has to be at the doorstep of the rural client for it to deliver the required service.
Many policies around the country have been formulated in order to cater to the needs of these rural enterprises. Sadly negligible numbers of these policies are pragmatic in approach. Most of the policies are directed towards creating monopolies of certain urban financial and manufacturing institutions in the rural areas and thus making the sustainable rural dependent on the unsustainable urban world.
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Energy And Livelihoods – The Missing Eco-System And SELCO’s Solutions
Poverty alleviation is a need of the 21st century. Time and again SELCO has reiterated the need for energy access to alleviate people from poverty. For this, conducive eco-system has to be provided and filling the gap is vital.
The economic pyramid as defined today is too simplistic. It is interesting that all types of ‘poor’ segments are clubbed into one – thus creating a homogeneous segment. Thus many of the models that target the “bottom of the pyramid” do assume one size fits all methodology and completely disregard the numerous segments in that category. This does not work effectively as the bottom part can be divided into many parts depending on income streams, geography, nature of work, culture etc.
It is clear that there is an urgent need for creating energy access channels to increase the ability for the poor to create livelihood opportunities, if they have to be uplifted from poverty completely. The challenges to solve the issues are plenty. A well thought off eco-system needs to be in place for sustainable implementation of solutions that link energy services to livelihoods. The solutions should not be one size fit all, rather they have to be customized for the different parts of the economic strata