Integrating Clean Energy Use in National Poverty Reduction Strategies

Chika Ezeanya and Abel Kennedy

in The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780198802242
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191840586 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

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The disappearance of Rwanda’s forests and attendant change in climatic conditions prompted the government to explore clean energy alternatives such as biogas. Unlike at any other time in Rwanda’s history, more and more Rwandans in rural areas are becoming owners of cattle because of the Government of Rwanda’s agricultural direct assistance and poverty reduction programme known as Girinka. This chapter focuses on the various strategies employed by the government of Rwanda in achieving increased biogas use among the rural poor Girinka beneficiaries who use cow dung for their domestic biogas plants. Conditions necessary for successful implementation of clean energy pro-poor reforms in rural communities are explored.

Keywords: Rwanda; clean energy alternatives; biogas; Girinka; poverty reduction programme; pro-poor reforms; agricultural direct assistance; rural poor

Chapter.  7795 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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