Off-grid electricity interventions for cleaner livelihoods: A Case study of value chain development in Dhenkanal district of Odisha

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2016-07-27

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Elsevier

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Abstract

Lack of access to electricity in rural areas hinders productive activities, which in turn affects sustainable rural development. Off-grid electrification options can offer an alternative but in order to develop productive uses of electricity in off-grid area, a detailed study of livelihoods and potential areas for improvement in the value chain is required. This paper reports such a study where a livelihood baseline survey was undertaken in a cluster of five remote off-grid village in Dhenkanal district of Odisha (India) and through a series of interviews, focused group meetings and stakeholder interactions, the study finds that value-added services can be developed through an off-grid electrification intervention. Electrification can support productive activities, thereby offering an opportunity for improved income generation and a better quality of life and a transition to cleaner energy sources. The study provides a novel value chain framework for linking off grid projects with local livelihoods replicable across multiple geographies ensuring sustainability of these projects.

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Keywords

off-grid electrification, Odisha, livelihood, value chain

Citation

Narula, S.A. and Bhattacharyya, S. (2016) Off-grid electricity interventions for cleaner livelihoods: A case study of value chain development in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, Journal of Cleaner Production, 142 (1), pp. 191-202

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Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)