REDEP Terminal Review 2007
The Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP) is a joint initiative of the Government of Nepal (GoN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB), operational in more than 300 remote rural communities in 25 hilly districts of Nepal. The programme provides support at community, district and central levels for the enhancement of rural livelihoods through promotion of rural energy systems, particularly community managed micro hydro systems, which serve as an entry point for social, economic and environmental development.
With the current phase of the programme coming to an end in December 2006 (with an extension until June 2007), UNDP is carrying out a review of the programme, in order to draw out lessons from the decade-long experience of REDP. Notwithstanding the fact that there is ample, well-documented evidence of the programme’s successes in diverse areas, there is a need to establish a clear linkage (or the lack of it) between the programme deliverables to community development and poverty reduction, the main mandates of UNDP support. In particular, to what extent the programme components have been able to respond to the aspirations of the poor and the marginalized communities; to what extent the target beneficiaries have been able to benefit from improved access to energy services in terms of income generation and other ancillary benefits; whether the programme contributed to the empowerment of women, vulnerable groups and marginalized communities;
are not quite apparent.