This volume had its origin at a conference held in 1978 at the East- West Center that considered the short- and long-term energy problems of the Asia-Pacific region. That group of national energy policymakers, scientists, and technologists agreed that providing adequate energy for the rural areas of the developing countries looms large as one of the more critical problems of the region. Encouraged by this consensus, the East-West Resource Systems Institute obtained a grant from the Agency for International Development for the purpose of initiating a collaborative, multi-country study of rural energy problems. The National Research Council of Thailand and the East-West Center agreed to work closely together as twin foci for the coordination of the effort.
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ENERGY FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPALS, ISSUES, AND METHODS; ENERGY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE BANGLADESH SITUATION
M. Nurul Islam is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director, Institute of Appropriate Technology, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (B UET), Dhaka. Richard Morse is Research Associate, Resource Systems Institute (RSI), East-West Center, and coordinates the Energy for Rural Development (ERD) project. M. Hadi Soesastro is currently Head of the Department of Economic Affairs at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, which he joined in 1971. Sushil C. Agrawal is Research Officer, Planning Research and Action Division, State Planning Institute, Uttar Pradesh.