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Empowering People and Transforming Markets
 4-8 December 2000, The World Bank




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Village Power 2000: Empowering People and Transforming Markets took place December 4-8, 2000 in Washington DC at the World Bank Preston Auditorium.  This meeting, co-sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The World Bank, Winrock International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme/World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), brought participants together for two days of workshops and two days of conference meetings to explore aspects of village power.  The final day of the meeting provided participants with the opportunity to take a study tour of NREL's facilities in Golden, Colorado. 

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Monday, 4 December

Tuesday, 5 December

Wednesday, 6 December





A water pump exhibited in the main conference hall brings to life one of the technologies under discussion.

On Thursday, 7 December, the Washington-based segment of Village Power 2000 concluded with four parallel workshops.


Gender in Energy

Advances Since Village Power '98 -- Moving from Concept to Practice: Achievements

Chair and presenter Dominique Lallement, ESMAP, discussed some of the advances that have been made in integrating gender and energy concerns.  


Rekha Dayal, Mallika Consultants, India, spoke of gender in energy from her perspective as a project implementor.  She illustrated how easy it is for projects to overlook gender bias, and how striking the effects can be of such failure.


Lisa Büttner, Winrock International, highlighted presentations that presented new gender perspectives, and encouraged participants to consider these and to bring their own experiences to bear in smaller group discussions. 

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Group Discussions

Group discussions centered around policy, the "information gap" and operationalization.  Participants brainstormed concrete steps to take, including suggestions for project and program implementors and for future energy forums.

Clean Water Delivery

Overviews of Integrated Approaches

Param Iyer of the World Bank outlines a water and sanitation program in India. He emphasized a community driven, demand responsive approach, with partnerships between the private sector, government, NGOs and local community.

Case Studies: Putting the Tools into Practice

François Münger of the World Bank presented a case study on PV pumping for community water in Mauritania. As a desert nation, solar technology is an appropriate solution for Mauritania's small village populations

Small Wind Energy Tutorial

Mike Bergey, President and CEO of Bergey WindPower Co., instructed attendees in the specifications of various aspects of wind power ranging from blade construction materials to feasibility analysis.

Energy and Poverty: A Framework for Guiding Country Strategy Development

Jeni Klugman, of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, spoke about the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers Initiative, and how it addresses some of the concerns of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries.


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The World Bank
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U.S. Agency for International Development
UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme







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