Smart Villages | New thinking for off-grid communities worldwide

Date: July 2015
Author/s: John Holmes, Terry van Gevelt, Daniel M. Kammen, AbuBakr Bahaj, R. Vasant Kumar, Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, Wole Soboyejo, M.S. Swaminathan, P.C. Kesavan, Mukulika Banerjee, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Andrew Mnzava, Tobias S. Schmidt, Michael J. Ssali, Javier González Díaz, Christiana A. Thorpe, Murefu Barasa and Deepak Nayyar
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Smart Villages presents 16 essays by leading scientists and thinkers, providing policy makers, donors and development agencies concerned with rural energy access with new insights on the barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and explores opportunities and efforts to overcome them.

The book describes the personal opinions and experiences of experts.  It tackles the idea of energy as a catalyst for development – health, food security, the lives of women and girls, the democratic process, national regulatory and fiscal policies, and employment.  It reviews up-to-date research for promoting energy access in remote areas of the world.

They are for all who are concerned about the future of the bottom billion.

You can read the book in its entirety for free by clicking the link above. You can also view and download the chapters individually.

Hard copies are available on request.

They are for all who are concerned about the future of the bottom billion.