,Review of Gender and Social Inclusion in Renewable Energy Sector in Nepal By Ram Prasad Dhital
Global climate change and continued poverty are probably the two largest, long-term challenges for human development. Both issues have been addressed in recent international agreements, respectively in the UNFCCC Paris Climate Agreement and agreement on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both agreed in 2015. Now, the key issue is how to reduce these global problems during the implementation phase of these agreements, where regional and national strategies and actions, as well as financing are crucial. As a densely populated and fast growing region, but still with a large part of the population living in poverty, development of South Asia is strongly linked with these two global issues. It is expected that South Asia’s emerging economies will bring an increase in living standards for many people in the region. However, with emerging economies and expanding populace, greenhouse gas emissions will increase along with the advanced consumerism of the emerging, primarily urban, middle class, and technological development of industries, while the development tends to leave large parts of the rural population in poverty. The two challenges of poverty and climate change can be addressed with one set of solutions, as we in the EVD project are doing with the locally-based eco-village development concept and solutions.
After the successful implementation of Evidence Based Advocacy for Low-Carbon Pro-Poor Sustainable Eco Village Development in South Asia (EVD) project (2015-2017), with support from same partners Civil Society in Development (CISU), coordinated by Danish International Human Settlement Services (DIB) and International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) has initiated project “Advocating for up scaling for local climate solutions as Eco Village Development as a mean to strengthen pro-poor climate agenda in South Asia” from September 2017.
The EVD concept combines a number of solutions for poverty reduction within sustainable energy, water management, agriculture and housing. The solutions have all proven successful individually, and in several cases also together, as promoted in the EVD project. Combined, they can provide the energy and resources needed for a development out of poverty for rural villages with minimal greenhouse emissions, giving a prosperous vision for the future of rural villages. Individually, the solutions can provide for instance cleaner cooking, light or better gardening. Together they can fulfill basic needs and provide energy and resources for increased income generation.
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen development for reducing poverty in ways that limit greenhouse gas emissions (mitigate climate change) and adapt to climate change in South Asia by better including local climate mitigation and adaptation solutions in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and relevant SDGs, and as well as in proposals from South Asia for international negotiations such as within the UNFCCC.
Project period: September 2017- June 2018
Civil Society in Development (CISU), Denmark
Danish International Human Settlement Service (DIB), Denmark
The activities are made in cooperation with the NGO networks of INFORSE and CANSA, and the INFORSE-South Asia national focal points and coordinator: Center for Rural Technology (CRT/N) in Nepal, IDEA in Sri Lanka, Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh, and INSEDA in India.
In framework of the project, the Center for Rural Technology Nepal (CRT/N)’s advocacy activities include:
– Organising local and national dialogues and trainings.
– Publishing Flyer, Posters, Policy Briefs in Nepali and English
– Publishing Case Studies
– Co-editing a Publication and a Training of Trainers Manual on Eco-Village Development in South Asia, which are available in English, Nepali, Sinhala, Hindi and Bangla.
– Participating in United Nations Climate Conferences (UNFCC) with side event presentations in cooperation with INFORSE.
– Co-editing International Policy Briefs to UNFCCC.
– Participating in South Asian regional events with presentations.
-Input articles to INFORSE’s newsletter “Sustainable Energy News”, the newsletter of INFORSE-South Asia, CANSA and CRT/Nepal.
– Producing a short documentary film on Eco-Village Development (EVD) in Nepali and in English.
Publications, proceedings of events, policy briefs, flyers, posters, and newsletters are available to download below and at the Publication section.