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Chapter seven - The role of the world bank group


To recapitulate. accomplishments during the past twenty-five years include the extension of electricity services to more than 1.3 billion people, of whom more than 500 million were in rural areas and towns: the emergence of new renewable energy technologies, which were rarely an economic proposition even ten years ago. but are now well suited for use in rural areas and towns (and probably soon for grid-connected supplies): and the revival of interest in more sustainable ways to supply and use biofuels based on agro-forestry and participatory approaches to rural development. The importance of good enabling conditions has also become more widely recognized. Investments in rural energy are now viewed in the broader context of rural development, and development practitioners understand that they are more likely to succeed when complementary programs, themselves dependent on good enabling conditions, are in place toward infrastructure. education. family planning, and health. It is in this context that the chapter reviews the Bank's role.