Energy and Extractives

Case study

Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh

This case study examines a program of rural electrification in Bangladesh by means of solar home systems (SHS). Bangladesh ranks among the lowest in the world for population with access to electricity. In 2003, the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) launched the SHS program to provide cost-effective electricity to the rural population of Bangladesh. Using an ownership model, customers financed the purchase of SHS from partner organizations (POs). 

Case study

Prepayment Metering in Bangladesh

This case examines how the public utility in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second-largest city, completely eliminated the theft of electricity that had plagued its operation since the early 1990s by installing prepaid meters. The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) used to lose millions of dollars a year to electricity theft, a practice facilitated by corrupt meter readers and metering technology that made it easy to illegally tap power lines. 

Case study

Modern Energy Services in Low and Middle-Income Countries

How can strategies and technologies be developed to provide poor people in remote areas with sustainable access to modern energy? This case study contrasts three interventions—in Kenya, Mali, and Mozambique— in order to learn from their successes and failures. It shows how projects were scaled up when results were positive and cut back when they failed to meet expectations.

Practitioner

Matthias Schmidt-Rosen

Practitioner

Carsten Hellpap

During the last 25 years Carsten Hellpap has worked at GTZ now Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and presently is the manager of the International Partnership Programme "Energising Development (EnDev)".

Practitioner

Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies

Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies is a US National who started with the World Bank in 1992 as a contract employee for the Asia Alternative Energy Unit (ASTAE) focusing on rural and renewable energy in South and East Asia. He formally joined the Bank in 1999 as a Sr. Energy Specialist.

Practitioner

Carter J. Brandon

Carter Brandon is the World Bank’s Global Lead Economist for Environment and Natural Resources, with primary interests in the linkages between the environment, welfare and growth.

Practitioner

Jonathan d'Entremont Coony

Jonathan Coony is the Global Lead for Green Competitiveness at the World Bank. He co-leads the organization’s work to support private sector in developing countries to successfully compete in growing climate-related sectors with a focus on innovation.

Practitioner

William Rex

William works in the World Bank's central water unit on water strategy and hydropower. From 2006 to 2012 William lived in Lao PDR, where he was Team Leader for the World Bank’s support to the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project as well as for a hydropower and mining technical assistance project.