From March 4-7, Dr. Le Viet Phu traveled to Yangon, Myanmar to train a team of enumerators at the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Myanmar to conduct household surveys.
The project is a collaboration between many researchers from Duke University, Fulbright University Vietnam, and the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative Vietnam.
The project will examine the willingness to pay for off-grid electricity solutions.
Myanmar has a very low rate of electrification, and the country needs alternative accesses to cheap and reliable energy provided by the private sector and development partners.
Off-grids, which combine cheap but unreliable solar PV with diesel generators and backup batteries, can bridge the energy gap as the country seeks to improve its poor infrastructure following many decades of isolation from the world economy.