Feasibility Study On The Possibility Of Sector Wide Approach (swap) In Rural And Renewable Energy And Identification Of Its Indicators

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Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Ministry of Environment

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Project Period

December 2009 to August 2010

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Project Area

N/A (policy document)

AEPC has considered adopting a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) to contribute to the better performance of the sector in reaching out to wider areas in Nepal and to meet a still significant unmet demand and market for renewable energy. If found feasible, the SWAp application in R&RE will include ways to align partners and harmonize implementation approaches which are now prerequisites for any efforts to significantly improve the sectoral performance leading to realization of the broader development objectives.

In accordance with the government policy to align its development reforms to reflect Paris Declaration 2005, the rural and renewable energy sector has also made the current initiative to assess prospects and possible indicators to use, in adopting SWAp to move away from current fragmented project approach towards a harmonized SWAp modality. The study builds on the on-going experience of SWAp application in health and education sectors in Nepal while analyzing the current practices, structures and issues in the rural and renewable energy sector.

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The overall aim under the current exercise was to assess the viability of SWAp application as a way forward to improve the performance of the development initiatives with the objective of making energy more readily available and affordable to the rural and poor communities in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally acceptable.

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In doing so, the firm carried out the study to address the perceived shortcomings of working mainly in projected framework which are funded through development cooperation using diverse approaches and modalities. This study analysed pertinent issues and proposed a basis for decision making on SWAp and its possible framework.

Based on the findings of the study, AEPC/ESAP hoped to move forward with an approach that ensures streamlined and harmonized programmatic development process in the sector.