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Comparative Study on Rural Electrification Policies in Emerging Economies: Keys to successful policies


  • Alexandra Niez

    (International Energy Agency)


Brazil, China, India and South Africa have each worked to improve access to electricity services. While many of the challenges faced by these countries are similar, the means of addressing them varied in their application and effectiveness. This report analyses the four country profiles, determining the pre-requisites to successful rural electrification policies.

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  • Alexandra Niez, 2010. "Comparative Study on Rural Electrification Policies in Emerging Economies: Keys to successful policies," IEA Energy Papers 2010/3, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ieaaaa:2010/3-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5kmh3nj5rzs4-en

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