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Sustainable Energy 4 Rural Communities (SE4RC) 2015-2019 Southern Africa (Malawi Zimbabwe)

Afrique Australe (Malawi, Zimbabwe)

Titre : Sustainable Energy 4 Rural Communities (SE4RC) 2015-2019 Southern Africa (Malawi Zimbabwe)

Région : Afrique Australe (Malawi, Zimbabwe)
Lieu : Nsanje, Chikwawa Districts (Malawi) ; Gwanda District (Zimbabwe)

Date : 2015-2019

* Overall objectives : Contribute to the attainment of the SE4ALL goal that aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services in rural areas of Malawi and Zimbabwe. Improve access to modern energy services that contribute to better well-being (economic and social) of rural men and women in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
* Specific objective : To create an enabling environment in Malawi and Zimbabwe that allows public and private sector energy actors to engage in the rural electrification market

The project evolved from lessons and experiences of past projects on rural electrification and sustainable agriculture in Southern Africa. The project is designed to serve poor rural communities, whose needs are not met by the current rural electrification modus operandi. Lessons were drawn from rural electrification projects led by the consortium, including Practical Action’s EC-funded regional micro-hydro project (2007-2012), which established 11 micro-hydro mini-grids using community based models in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Important lessons around ownership and management of off-grid systems and the economic social and technical impacts of RE mini-grids in isolated areas, have informed the design of SE4RC. This project shows that unless mini-grids are anchored to productive end use, financial viability is a challenge.

Bénéficiaires : 30,000 men, women and children in isolated rural Malawi and Zimbabwe (including two primary schools and one clinic ; four Irrigation Management Committees (one in Zimbabwe, three in Malawi) ; 16 Rural Entrepreneur Kiosk Operators ; four Community Energy Service Companies (CESCos) and nine small businesses)

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