Surge in Solar-powered Homes: Lessons for Myanmar

84% of families in rural Myanmar have no access to electricity, perpetuating hardship and poverty. Solar-powered homes can change this.

About this event

Efforts to provide such modern energy as electricity for lighting, heating, cooking, and other production purposes face enormous challenges. Poor households in most countries typically have limited access to, as well as limited ability to pay for, quality energy services. Better access to modern energy means being able to afford and use electricity.

Bangladesh’s Solar Home Systems program leveraged certain attributes unique to the country that would be difficult to replicate in other countries struggling with the daunting task of increasing rural access to electricity. The program also leveraged other factors that would be easier to replicate in Myanmar.

In this public lecture, Professor A.K. Enamul Haque explains how a solar-home system works, its impacts on rural households based on empirical evidence, and the financing mechanism and implementation model that aim to meet rural households’ basic electricity needs through a market-based supply mechanism.

About the speaker

Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque is a Professor of Economics at East West University (Dhaka, Bangladesh), Director of Economic Research Group, Executive Director of Asian Center for Development, a Member of the Steering and Advisory Committees of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics and a member of the South Asian Network for Environmental Law and Policy (SANEL). He is an environmental economist with teaching, research and popular articles on climate change, agriculture and urban issues in developing countries with a focus on South Asia in general and Bangladesh in particular.

This public lecture is part of a workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from July 23 -27, 2020, hosted by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Duke University, Yangon University of Economics and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)-Myanmar.

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Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque

Date & time

Start date: Thursday 23 July 2020

End date: Thursday 23 July 2020



The Australian National University


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