- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Energy For Development; 2 edition (December 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692303464
- ISBN-13: 978-0692303467
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Electric Power for Rural Growth: How Electricity Affects Rural Life in Developing Countries Paperback – December 6, 2014
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"This second edition of the classic study Electric Power for Rural Growth should be required reading for anyone interested in the impact evaluation of rural infrastructure and development. In an entirely new concluding chapter, Barnes updates recent research and methods for evaluating the impact of rural electrification. This compelling research also reminds us that, even in the 21st century, some 1.3 billion people are still in the dark and need to be brought into the modern world."
--Shahid Khandker, Lead Economist, The World Bank
About the Author
Douglas Barnes has been involved in rural energy, household energy and international development issues for the last 30 years. First at Resources for the Future and later at the World Bank he worked on issues of energy, environment and equity in many different developing countries, and has continually been involved in the development and implementation of innovative household surveys. His many books and papers have changed the way international agencies have developed programs for rural electrification, renewable energy, biomass stoves and household energy. He won many honors for his work.
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Going beyond the simply intuitive, Barnes uses study data to document and quantify some surprising results. For example, one table reveals that after bringing electrification to rural parts of India, the number of flashlights, bicycles and even kerosene stoves actually went UP, contrary to expectations. Positive results more in line with predictions include significantly more time spent with telephone, radio and TV, and therefore more interconnectivity with village, nation, and the world.
The key to Barnes’ outlook is in the carefully worded title — the push for electrification is “for Growth.” He confirms that electricity is important for improved quality of life or longevity, improved communications, and health and comfort. While these are all desirable benefits, with the phrase “for Growth” he explores the complementary conditions of rural electrification necessary for economic growth, expansion of business, and the increase in commerce, along with the link-in to a ever more globalized planet.
Now, many of the energy controversies of the past few decades have been resolved. By deleting portions that are no longer relevant and focusing attention on lessons learned, Barnes’ enthusiasm for a fresh look at this topic takes on a new importance and a new urgency.