Microenterprises and Energy Security in Bangladesh

Microenterprises Can Help in Solving the Challenges of Energy Access for the Poor in Bangladesh
  • Sakib Bin AminEmail author
  • Saanjaana Rahman


The aspect of microenterprise in the energy sector in Bangladesh is enormous. Microenterprises can offer loans to poor households to consume energy services and help in poverty alleviation and promote efficiency. Fifty per cent of the total population in Bangladesh relies for livelihoods on 7 million available microenterprises. However, 90% of these microenterprises have a negative impact on the environment. Because of these environmentally unsustainable enterprises, the development process of the country is hindered to a great extent. Recently, the World Bank has approved USD 110 to help microenterprises adopt cleaner technologies as part of the Sustainable Enterprise Project (SEP).


Microenterprises Energy security Bangladesh Poor people Rural Clean energy Renewable energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsNorth South UniversityDhakaBangladesh

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