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Launch of Policy Paper: Integrating Electricity Priorities into Healthcare and Education in India

Date: 26 November 2021

Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: The Claridges, New Delhi

Electricity plays a crucial role in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on healthcare, education, and human wellbeing. Reliable electricity can help improve education and health services. Across India, especially in Assam, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan, electricity integration is indirectly connected to most social sector policies. Although the share of households in India with access to electricity rose from 44 percent in 2001 to 96 percent in 2020, 37 percent of schools and 24 percent of primary health facilities remained unelectrified in 2020.

At this event, WRI India will release its paper titled “Integrating Electricity Priorities into Healthcare and Education in India: A Review of National and Subnational Policies”. This paper is part of WRI’s Energy for Development Initiative, which integrates clean energy into strategies for improving development outcomes across the Indian states of Assam, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan. It provides an overview of national and state healthcare, education, and multisectoral policies to show how they address integration across sectors and reports stakeholder suggestions on integrating the planning requirements of development sectors with electricity.

The role of electricity in achieving health and education outcomes is widely recognized. However, few policies in these sectors integrate electrification, partly because of a lack of information, coordination mechanisms, and finance. The panel discussion at the launch event with policymakers and non-governmental organisations working on electricity access, education, health and sustainable development will explore how national and subnational policies can be amended to improve health and education outcomes through reliable electricity informing their policy decisions.

SPEAKERS

  • Kamal Gaur, Deputy Director – Education, Save the Children
  • Abhishek Acharya, Director, DEA, Ministry of Finance
  • John Rajeesh, Programme Manager, Catholic Health Association of India
  • Uttara Narayan, Program Manager – Energy and Governance, WRI India
  • Chhaya Pachauli, Director – Centre for Health Equity, Prayas
  • K. Rahul Sharma, Associate Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

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