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Case study

Rural electrification program planning

Countries and regions
Laos, East Asia and Pacific
Action area


Case summary

Between 2004 and 2012, the Laos Rural Electrification Program provided more than 39,000 formerly unconnected households with access to electricity. This access has facilitated many social, economic, and environmental co-benefits, including higher household incomes, reduced time spent on chores, reduced local air pollution, and reduced expenditure on energy assets. The program prioritized households from marginalized groups, including female-headed, poor, and disabled communities.

The Solar Home Systems (SHS) and Power to the Poor (P2P) initiatives have dramatically increased rural socioeconomic activity without notably increasing electricity use-related carbon emissions levels. They present remarkable case studies on how low emission rural electrification initiatives can contribute significantly to rural social and economic development.

Planning and implementation activity
Developing and Implementing Policies and Measures, Sub-national Action and Integration
Institutions involved

Government of Lao PDR, Asian Development Bank (ADB), AusAID, Energy Sector and Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Development Association (IDA), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), World Bank
Sectors and themes
Renewable Energy, Rural, Poverty
Source details
LEDS Global Partnership

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership