Making benefits of modern energy services available in rural areas can promote decentralized development and growth & help rural residents become more productive, according to a new report released by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program. The report, Restoring Balance: Bangladesh’s Rural Energy Realities, identifies ways to improve the living standard in rural Bangladesh through better and more efficient use of energy, while creating an environment conducive to growth and poverty reduction.

ESMAP is a global technical assistance program which helps build consensus & provides policy advice on sustainable energy development to governments of developing countries & economies in transition. Read their recently published reports:

Restoring Balance: Bangladesh's Rural Energy Realities. ESMAP Special Report 006/09

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Maximizing the Productive Uses of Electricity to Increase the Impact of Rural Electrification Programs

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KES #10 Electricity: Beyond the Grid: Innovative Programs in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

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KES #13: Improving Indoor Air in Rural Bangladesh: Results of Controlled Experiments

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Further information

For more information about the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, please visit www.esmap.org.