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New Thinking – Smart Villages book

Smart Villages Book
Smart Villages Book – French
Smart Villages Book – Spanish

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.


Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid

Professor Sir Brian Heap


Energy for development – the concept
John Holmes and Terry van Gevelt


Energy innovation for smart villages
Daniel M. Kammen

Transforming rural communities through mini-grids
AbuBakr Bahaj

Leapfrogging to sustainable power
R. Vasant Kumar

Smart villages – the Malaysian approach
Ahmad Zaidee Laidin

Energy Services, Health, Food and Politics

Can energy access improve health?
Wole Soboyejo

Energy provision and food security in off-grid villages
M.S. Swaminathan and P.C. Kesavan

Smart villages for smart voters
Mukulika Banerjee

Enablement through the Public and Private Sectors

Public policy targets for energy access
Benjamin K. Sovacool

Energy policies for off-grid villages in Tanzania
Andrew Mnzava

Will private-sector finance support off-grid energy?
Tobias S. Schmidt

Better Living

How electricity changed our lives
Michael J. Ssali

Energy and ICT for educational inclusion in Latin America
Javier González Díaz

Improving life for women and girls in Sierra Leone
Christiana A. Thorpe

A way of life: energy provision in Africa
Murefu Barasa


A better future for the bottom billion 111
Deepak Nayyar


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