The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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Gyawali, a member of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, is the chair of the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He also leads the research and consultancy firm Interdisciplinary Analysts and was the founding chair of Swabalamban, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in remote Nepali villages. In 2002 and 2003, he served as Nepal's water resource minister, and in that position chaired ex-officio the Nepal Electricity Authority. He is the author of Rivers, Technology, and Society: Learning the Lessons of Water Management in Nepal. He received a master's degree in hydropower engineering from Moscow Energy Institute in 1979 and another in political economy from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.
In the developing world, women and their families often struggle because they lack access to modern energy. Women's days are taken up with menial tasks; children quit school because they can't study at night; everyone's health suffers.
The author argues that many vertically integrated electric monopolies must be unbundled in the developing world, and that democratization of energy should start at the distribution end of the business, not at the generation end.