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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The World Bank's e-Institute is addressing energy efficiency issues in a new set of e-learning courses.
  • The courses, jointly developed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) are on the latest development trends, and help participants share knowledge through online learning communities.
  • The energy courses last between two to four weeks and are facilitated by World Bank experts and external practitioners.

 

November 22, 2011―Which policy instruments are most effective to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries? What are the challenges and opportunities? How best can we identify, design and implement energy efficiency programs for public buildings? How can cities use tools to assess energy savings opportunities?

These are just a few of the questions that policy makers and practitioners face in trying to scale up energy efficiency and renewable energy.  And these are exactly the issues addressed by a new set of e-learning courses offered through the World Bank’s e-Institute. Launched as a virtual learning classroom to provide convenient, easy, and reliable access to cutting-edge knowledge and communities of practice, the e-Institute now offers a series of courses related to climate change and energy

open-quotesThe goal is to help countries develop relevant policies, access finance for climate action, including climate resilience and access to clean energy, and move towards energy efficient low-carbon development.close-quotesNeeraj Prasad, manager of WBI’s Climate Change practice

The courses, jointly developed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the World Bank Institute (WBI), target self-motivated learners who want to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skills, and share knowledge through online learning communities. Participants for the energy courses depend on the specific topic and include public agency directors, facility managers, engineers, business managers, analysts, energy providers and civil society representatives engaged in energy programs.

A Broad Range of Courses

The courses on low carbon development and climate friendly energy efficiency policies are for broader audiences. Others are more technical and target energy professionals. WBI’s capacity building work around energy also includes knowledge exchanges for countries to exchange experiences and find solutions to local problems

“Our capacity building work on energy was initially developed for southeastern Europe, but we are now planning to expand to other countries. We will soon be launching a South-South initiative between East African countries and India, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation. We will be working with the private sector helping them to increase and accelerate clean energy investment in Africa,” said Samira El Khamlichi, Climate Change specialist at WBI.

The energy courses last between two to four weeks and are facilitated by World Bank experts and external practitioners. Learning is practical and hands-on through in-depth case studies, animated presentations, audio and video clips and interactive exercises to engage learners and enhance overall retention of learning.

“We work intensively with regional and local partners to bring good practices and lessons learned from around the globe into these courses and to customize content to the local context,” added Feng Liu, senior energy specialist, ESMAP.

Sharing Knowledge

The e-courses are just one element of WBI’s capacity building work around renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“Through knowledge exchanges and South-South learning, WBI helps develop networks and coalitions of policy makers, practitioners and technical experts to discuss challenges, opportunities and options for addressing country-specific problems by learning from available experience,” explains Neeraj Prasad, manager of WBI’s Climate Change practice.

“The goal is to help countries develop relevant policies, access finance for climate action, including climate resilience and access to clean energy, and move towards energy efficient low-carbon development,” he adds.