DFAT Energy Special Project

DFAT Energy Project implements activities under two major components. 

Impact assessment of solar-powered irrigation pumps (SPIPs) in the Nepal Terai

ICIMOD’s solar-powered irrigation pumps activity started in January 2015 under a grant from CGIAR’s WLE programme through a competitive bidding process. It proposed to undertake research on: 

  • Understanding the demand for SPIPs under different financial packages for men and women, especially when additional financial incentives are provided to women farmers
  • Understanding  the impact of SPIPs on agricultural outcomes for SPIP owners

Studies on benefit sharing in hydropower – case studies from Pakistan (mostly Upper Indus) and India (Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim)

In 2015, ICIMOD worked with the Niti Foundation, a think tank based in Nepal on the issue of benefit sharing in hydropower in the country. 

In 2018, the project will carry out similar studies to look at benefit sharing in hydropower in Pakistan and the three Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim.

About the Project

The DFAT Brahmaputra and Energy Special Project, supported by the Government of Australia under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is promoting research, and generating and documenting knowledge about the extent of water and equity issues in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The project is addressing water issues by reviving springs and improving access to water for domestic and agricultural use in the regional member countries of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).


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