Deprivations and Inequalities in Multiple Dimensions: Electricity Access for Improving Human Well-being

Pachauri, S. ORCID: (2012). Deprivations and Inequalities in Multiple Dimensions: Electricity Access for Improving Human Well-being. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October, 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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This talk will focus on one important dimension of existing poverty and inequalities – the inadequate provision and distribution of electricity infrastructure. Despite dramatic advances in science and technology and rapid economic growth, over 40% of the globe’s population still struggles to meet even basic needs, and inequalities persist and are even rising. Inequalities in income mirror those in final energy use and inequalities in electricity access and use are even starker. Finding effective ways to eliminate extreme deprivations and inequalities begs for the application of new approaches that better integrate across multiple perspectives and dimensions and for advances in methods that better represent existing heterogeneities and distributions. Past approaches to electrification that have taken singular perspectives have, in general, been less successful than approaches that have integrated the provisioning of electricity within wider developmental and poverty alleviation efforts. The effective implementation of such integrated policy approaches, in turn, can result in synergies and co-benefits by way of improvements in additional dimensions of human well-being. Identifying and estimating the multiple benefits of even single interventions like improved electricity access are crucial. These insights and issues will be illustrated by means of examples from recent and ongoing IIASA research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 12:41
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:26

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