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Strategy and Policy

Below you will find major World Bank's energy work strategy and policy documents. They explain Bank's business, guide operations and advisory work in energy sector. Energy and Mining Sector Board sets the course for the Bank's energy policy and strategy. The Energy and Mining Sector Board’s mission is to support the World Bank Group’s objectives of reducing poverty and increasing sustainable economic growth in developing and transition economies. The Board believes that achieving these objectives requires sustainable and affordable energy services for all, including the poor, and that these services can best be provided by creating efficient markets in energy—markets that are open to investors and enterprises both large and small, private and public, centralized and decentralized. And the Board believes that expansion of access to energy services for the poor needs to be based on markets that function on sound commercial principles and on the preservation of the environment.

 

The World Bank Group’s Energy Program – Poverty Reduction, Sustainability and Selectivity (1810k pdf). This Energy and Mining Sector Board paper sets the strategy for the World Bank Group’s Energy business. It defines the energy sector challenges facing developing countries and outlines strategic directions for the Bank's assistance for meeting these challenges. It shows that energy issues remain at the core of activities for promoting economic growth and poverty reduction.

 

Renewing Our Energy Business. World Bank Group Energy Program Implementation Progress Report 2001-03 (1210k pdf). This publication reports that World Bank Group financing, sector analytical work and technical assistance to support the Energy Program has rebounded in the first two years of implementation and is poised to grow.


 

The World Bank's Role in the Electric Power Sector.  This policy paper draws on the early experience of power sector reforms in some countries to develop guidance about institutional and structural reform that the Bank would support among its borrowers in developing their power sectors. To order hard copy of the paper go to InfoShop.

 

Energy Efficiency and Conservation in the Developing World: The World Bank's Role.  This policy paper conveys the Bank's strategy to promote efficiency through such means as transferring modern technology from the industrial countries and lending more selectively to energy-supply enterprises. To order hard copy of the paper go to InfoShop.

 

Renewable Energy for Development: the Role of the World Bank Group (1400k pdf). This report provides an overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and programs on which the World Bank Group has worked since 1990.

 

Fuel for Thought: An Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector.  This paper aims to bring about a better understanding of policy and lending priorities at the nexus of energy and environment. It serves as the basis for more detailed operational guidelines that help shape country-specific assistance programs. To order hard copy of the paper go to InfoShop.

 

Infrastructure Action Plan (53k pdf) guides the World Bank Group’s activities in infrastructure development, including the energy sector. This plan emphasizes the delivery of infrastructure services along the entire spectrum of public and private involvement. It envisages the financing of  projects at regional, national and sub-national levels.

 

Public and Private Sector Roles in the Supply of Electricity Services (216k pdf).  This Operational Guidance Note for World Bank Staff analyzes the main issues and steps in assessing the suitability of available options for public-private roles in the financing and provision of electricity. The note links the different public-private models with appropriate World Bank Group instruments, including project-specific, sector-wide and broader interventions.

 

Public and Private Sector Roles in the Supply of Gas Services in Developing Countries (382k pdf).  This Operational Guidance Note for World Bank Staff analyzes the main issues and steps in assessing the suitability of available options for public-private roles in the financing and provision of natural. It links different World Bank Group instruments with appropriate public-private models and different parts of the gas chain.

Rural Energy and Development Paper: Improving Energy Supplies for Two Billion People (311k pdf).  This sector report describes the plight of nearly two billion people without access to modern forms of energy, such as electricity and oil, and summarizes the many ways in which their situation can be improved. To order hard copy of the paper go to InfoShop.

 




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