Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific

For Prosperous Rural Communities

Study Visit to Barefoot College, India

A four member team, led by Mr. Akber Hossain, Project Director [Joint Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperatives Division (RDCD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD&C), Government of Bangladesh] of the One House One Farm and accompanied by Ms. Eva Benita A. Tuzon, Director (Pilot Projects Division), CIRDAP, Mr. Nazir Ahmad, Deputy Project Director [Deputy Secretary, RDCD] and Mr. Bipine Chandra Biswas, Assistant Chief, RDCD, visited Barefoot College located in Tirona, India during 27 February to 3 March 2017. The study visit was supported by the Government of Bangladesh in collaboration with CIRDAP and Barefoot College. The purpose of the visit was to assess the impact of access to energy.

The study visit provided the team an empirical knowledge how solar energy can bring positive impacts on social, economic and environment aspects of sustainable development. It was also observed through the activities of Barefoot College that poverty can be overcome through alternative capacity building where instinctive desire to learn can be drawn out among people.

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