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Energy Sources for Poverty Alleviation

In an age of increased disparities, very few income-generating opportunities are thought of for the poor.  Lack of opportunities are forcing the poor to be part of a larger service industry rather than shaping their own livelihood options – all resulting into increased migrations and thus putting additional pressure on already over-burdened urban spaces.

Many of the world’s problems today, whether social unrest or environmental degradation, are related to poverty and more specifically energy poverty. While the growth engine in many of the developing countries is moving at a fast pace, it is leaving behind millions of people thus creating an ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

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Energy & Poverty

The question for us is why does poverty exist? To answer this, we need to understand the things related to poverty i.e., lack of direct access to livelihood (which actually reduces poverty), lack of education, lack of health access, etc.

So, having livelihood alone does not help. Someone can get out of poverty only if they have access to better livelihood, education, health services, clean drinking water (as bad water can lead to poverty too), etc. It should not be like we plan and implement one essential service and then another; it ends in a situation where access to the first service actually doesn’t make sense by the time the other gets executed.

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