Workshop on Promoting Rural Entrepreneurship


Workshop on Promoting Rural Entrepreneurship for Enhancing Access to Clean Lighting Options
October 28, 2010 - 9.00 To 13.00 Hours

About 1.5 billion people around the globe do not have access to electricity or any other forms of clean lighting options. The lack of access to modern energy services has serious consequences on efforts towards poverty reduction, health, environment, economic opportunity and social equality. Unless massive efforts are made to expand the range, quality and quantity of energy services available to poor, countries are unlikely to achieve their developmental aspirations. However, extending the access especially for the last mile community continues to be a challenge. One of the key challenges is the high upfront cost of the clean technologies, such as solar, coupled with low disposable income of rural households to adopt such technologies. The other challenge is techno-economically viable and replicable business models for dissemination of the solar PV technology. There is also absence of linkages to enhance rural incomes and other livelihood benefits through access to clean lighting. The improved lighting must result in opportunities for enhancing the local economy and adequate money flow to the rural households so that they are willing and able to spend a part of their incremental income on paying for such services.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in its commitment towards sustainable development, is organizing a half-day symposium on "Promoting Rural Entrepreneurship for Enhancing Access to Clean Lighting Options" on 28 October 2010 as a parallel event during the DIREC 2010. The half-day programme is supported by REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) and Energy for All Partnership of ADB (Asian Development Bank).

Objective of the symposium:
The main purpose of organizing this symposium is to bring together international experts and practitioners in rural lighting sector from different countries, especially from the Asian-Pacific region onto one platform, to derive learning’s from various programmes across the globe and accelerate the penetration of solar PV based lighting options through rural entrepreneurship to enhance energy access.

The symposium will highlight various national and international off grid lighting programmes, and deliberate on the emerging business opportunities in clean lighting and attempt to address issues towards extending clean lighting globally focusing on strong supply chains, robust technical and quality standards, after-sales service network and end-user financing to develop viable and sustainable rural market.

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Who should attend?
Participants are expected from various national and international stakeholders like governments, lighting programmes, bilaterals and multilaterals, Banks and financial institutions, NGOs/CBOs and venture capitalists. 

For further detail, please contact:
Ms Smita Rakesh
Mobile: 9810916734

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