Managing risk in a large rural electrification programme in India

Sabyasachi C. Bhattacharya, C. Subhes, Prasanta K. Dey

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Rural electrification projects and programmes in many countries have suffered from design, planning, implementation and operational flaws as a result of ineffective project planning and lack of systematic project risk analysis. This paper presents a hierarchical risk-management framework for effectively managing large-scale development projects. The proposed framework first identifies, with the involvement of stakeholders, the risk factors for a rural electrification programme at three different levels (national, state and site). Subsequently it develops a qualitative risk prioritising scheme through probability and severity mapping and provides mitigating measures for most vulnerable risks. The study concludes that the hierarchical risk-management approach provides an effective framework for managing large-scale rural electrification programmes. © IAIA 2007.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • risk identification
  • risk mapping
  • risk mitigation
  • rural electrification


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