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Article by Dr Terry van Gewelt, Dr Tayyab Safdar et al in Energy for Sustainable Development

last modified Jun 13, 2016 12:08 PM

Dr Terry van Gevelt, Dr Tayyab Safdar and colleagues have published a study on 'energy poverty' in rural Rwanda in the journal Energy for Sustainable Development.

Dr van Gewelt et al. used primary data collected from 163 households in an off-grid Rwandan village to provide insights into energy poverty at the household-level. Informed by the rural livelihoods literature, they constructed a novel asset- and income-based index to disaggregate their results by socio-economic status. They also employed microeconometric techniques to investigate the determinants of household willingness-to-pay for electricity. Dr van Gewelt et al. found statistically significant differences between households of different socio-economic status for expenditure on lighting and other electricity services, willingness-to-pay for electricity, income-generating activities and food security. Overall, their findings suggest that initiatives aiming to end energy poverty and catalyze rural development should: (1) recognize the different potential impacts of policies on households of different socio-economic status; (2) be sensitive to energy stacking behavior; (3) take a holistic approach to rural development; (4) and ensure that households are able to access modern energy through flexible payment schemes and equitable and sustained improvements in income.

Citation:

van Gevelt, T. et al. (2016). "Insights from an energy poor Rwandan village." Energy for Sustainable Development 32: 121-129.

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