CORE International, Inc. has assisted six countries to review their regulations and policies based on the need for improved rural service delivery. We have assisted these countries to improve their rural energy services including electricity, water, telecommunications, and health services. Rural services delivery is typically the greatest challenge to developing countries based on many factors including distances from natural resources, distances between pockets of populations which reduces economies of scale and increases costs, and the lack of engagement of remote populations to seek change. CORE has found the best models involve the local populations in all aspects of project implementation, as a country's greatest asset is its people. For poor countries, foreign investment is critical. Thus, we believe in Development Through International Partnerships.
When we think of regulations and policies for change we often think first of environmental regulations to protect natural resources. But there is more to policy and regulation formation then simply protection. Well-designed policies have assisted in the savings of billions of dollars in CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and demand side management measures. Regulations allowing for private sector investment in renewable energy schemes have brought energy services to underserved rural populations. CORE International has worked with more than 20 countries to review their policies and regulations to ensure that they are not inhibiting economic growth and private sector investment.