National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP)
AEPC has hosted different project interventions through support from development partners in the past. Especially, the second phase of the Energy Sector Assistance Program (ESAP II) financed by the GoN, Danida, DfID, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KfW and SNV followed a more coherent and coordinated approach that led towards realization of the need of a more coordinated sector development. As its result, in 2011, the GoN and development partners (Danida, DfID, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KfW, SNV and UNDP) jointly agreed to support formulation of a National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP),that it will be a single programme modality in which there will no other programmes or projects funded outside the NRREP and where the GoN has committed itself to reform the subsidy system and finance a higher portion of the subsidies for Renewable Energy Technologies(RET).
The single programme modality implies that the GoN/AEPC will commit to include all future programmes and projects under NRREP where AEPC is the executing partner. The aim is that a number of additional Development Partners (including, but not limited to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank) can sign up to the NRREP in future in support of the objectives and outputs of NRREP, and follow the overall managerial structure of NRREP in order to avoid parallelimplementation structures.
Development Objective of NRREP
The development objective of the National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) is to improve the living standard of rural women and men, increase employment of women and men as well as productivity, reduce dependency on traditional energy and attain sustainable development through integrating the alternative energy with the socioeconomic activities of women and men in rural communities.
Strong Poverty Reduction Focus of NRREP
NRREP has a clear emphasis on effectively reaching out to the more remote and poorest part of the country, it will apply demand led approaches actively involving beneficiaries in decision making, and support use of energy for productive purposes leading to income and employment increase in rural areas, and it has mainstreamed Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) into the programme at all levels.
GESI mainstreaming is done by including it in the development objective, each of the immediate objectives, in relevant outputs and activities, in indicators and targets as well as in monitoring. It is expected that the Government of Nepal (GoN) will mainstream GESI in the energy sector through providing equal access to and control of renewable energy technologies (RET) for increasing contributions to rural women and men towards economic growth. This will be in line with the GoN commitment to mainstream GESI and empowerment of women in the interim 3 year (2010-2013) plan.