Investing in a Sustainable Future: Multilateral Development Banks' Investment in Energy Policy

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Source:
International Institute for Sustainable Development
World Resources Institute
Authors:
Smita Nakhooda
Athena R. Ballesteros
Date:
1 November 2009

This report examines those policies, regulations, and institutional capacities in the electricity sector that will direct both public and private investment towards sustainable energy options. It discusses how Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are in a position to work with stakeholders in developing countries, including other donors, to pursue low carbon growth options that also support poverty alleviation. The policy and regulation assessments made in this report do not prescribe a particular mix of technologies or approaches that should be emphasized in any country or region, as every country is endowed with a unique set of energy resources, and the economic, social, and political circumstances that affect how it can meet energy demand are also unique. These elements are instead intended to help any country consider the options for how best to provide electricity services in light of intertwined economic, social, and environmental considerations.