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close this bookEnergy as it relates to Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection (UNDP, 1998, 36 p.)
close this folderRemaining Challenges
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View the documentSubsidies for conventional fuels distort the markets
View the documentPricing does not reflect externalities
View the documentTheft and pilferage
View the documentOutmoded policy
View the documentLack of coordination in decision-making
View the documentLobbies supporting conventional energy
View the documentLack of information
View the documentLack of skills
View the documentLack of initiative

Lack of initiative

Lack of government capability and lack of leadership and commitment by donors may inhibit development workers from applying sustainable energy strategies in standard poverty alleviation programmes, even if many of the obstacles listed above were absent. Thus, unless there are strong promoters within government or international agencies, the energy components in specific projects may be treated cursorily or eliminated entirely.