Report on a policy engagement workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal
On September 28th 2016, the Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) held a policy engagement workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop brought together more than 50 participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. Senior energy policy-makers, researchers and representatives from the private sector, NGOs and donors in South Asia discussed the energy challenges facing the region, and considered policy relevant research questions that could address these constraints. To supplement the learnings from the workshop, the EEG Programme Directorate met separately with senior energy policymakers, researchers and private sector stakeholders.
This report is structured around 4 key themes that arose during the policy workshop and corresponding meetings:
- the tension between energy access and energy for economic growth
- the challenge of reliability
- the importance of regional cooperation and electricity trade; and
- the need for better data and forecasting
Under each of these themes, the following section provides an overview of the participants’ hypotheses and explores research topics that could influence EEG’s forthcoming State of Knowledge papers and future research. Box 1 below discusses the key findings from the workshop and meetings and highlights the main research topics that emerged that could shape EEG’s research agenda. The workshop programme, a list of meetings, and a list of workshop attendees are provided in Appendices 1 through 3, respectively.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research Programme.
Oxford Policy Management (2016) EEG Policy Workshop- South Asia: Outcomes Report, 18p