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Lao PDR: Electricity for All — A Gender Lens

October 2, 2010

Power to the Poor (P2P) provides support to poor and women-headed households that are unable to finance the initial cost of connection to the power grid. The P2P scheme , part of a project supported by the World Bank, was piloted in the southern provinces of Lao PDR and in less than 18 months of its inception, almost 10,000 additional households were connected to the grid. The results demonstrate how much more successful a project can be when it mainstreams gender sensitivity in the project design and at implementation. The scheme's success is now being extended to the Northern provinces with an ambitious target of connecting an additional 30,000 households to the grid.