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Directions in hydropower : scaling up for development (English)

The role of hydropower and multi-purpose water infrastructure is expanding, with important opportunities for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The World Bank Group (WBG), encompassing the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), recognizes this timely and important period for hydropower. Since the 2003 commitment of the World Bank to re-engage in water infrastructure, lending has increased significantly. This document, directions in hydropower, outlines the WBG's further commitment. It summarizes key issues in scaling up hydropower: the rationale and context for sector expansion, as well as the risks. It describes the WBG's role in scaling up and sets out priorities for both lending and non-lending activities to strengthen the foundations of the industry. The goal is to maximize the strategic value of hydropower investment to economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable development.




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Fields, Daryl ; Odegard, Lars ; French, Laura ; Revell, Geoff

Directions in hydropower : scaling up for development (English). Water working notes ; note no. 21 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.