Barriers to Access to Modern Energy in Slums: literature review.
This project looks at one aspect required for development, namely electricity supply. It considers the problems and possibilities of increased availability of electricity in slums/shanty towns in the cities of developing countries. The advantages of this include:
i Improved quality of life
ii improved health
iii facilitate more work-places
iv improved educational prospects
The obvious obstacle to such action is the general poverty and hence difficulty in payment. There may also be other obstacles including, in some cases, a lack of suitable social structure in the community necessary to sustain the development.
Although the focus of the literature review has been on the provision of electricity to slum communities, it has considered the whole process from producer to consumer; the limitations and opportunities surrounding the process, including the impact of power sector reform. The conclusions form a basis for highlighting issues to be investigated further in the field research.