"The key factor is an efficient network with links to urban areas. This is the conclusion of Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk in her thesis on the subject. She conducted her research in the Himalayas, obtaining her doctorate from the School of Management and Governance on 19 December."

"Policymakers often assume that if people in developing countries have access to modern types of energy (such as electricity, gas or diesel) this will lead to higher incomes for them. This assumption is based on the results of macroeconomic studies. One approach often employed relates the use of electricity nationally to a country’s Human Development Index (HDI), a metric for human well-being and development. The greater the access to energy, the higher the HDI. Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk showed that the effects of energy at the micro level in rural areas were less than those suggested by the above-mentioned studies. She examined how, and under what circumstances, modern energy services help small businesses in rural areas combat poverty. The Indian section of the Himalayas was the setting for her study. "

"Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk conducted the research for her thesis as a member of the Technology and Sustainable Development (TSD) group at the Center for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy of the University of Twente. Her supervisors: Prof. N.G. Schulte Nordholt and Dr J.S. Clancy (assistant supervisor). A summary of the thesis, entitled ‘The Power to Produce; The role of energy in poverty reduction through small scale Enterprises in the Indian Himalayas’, is available in electronic form."

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