Universal access to energy
Practical Action Southern Africa
Our goal is to increase universal energy access through provision of modern energy for cooking,lighting in poor rural areas and advocating for pro-poor energy policies that expand access to people living in rural and peri urban communities.
- Scale up hydro-work in Malawi - Energy Access Accelerator
- Expansion of hydro work in Manicaland and solar work in Masvingo
- Support to decenrtralize energy access in Niassa and Cabo Delgado in Mozambique
- Promoting energy for cooking initiatives in Eastern and Central provinces of Zambia
- Lead research on small scale bio-fuel production and utilisation,carbon
- Total Energy Access
- Community Based Approaches
- Energy Access Accelerator
The project is contributing towards the overall objective which seeks to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural irrigation communities in two districts of Zimbabwe.Read more
SE4RC evolved from lessons and experiences of past projects on rural electrification and sustainable agriculture in Southern Africa. The applicant consortium, founding members of the Southern African civil society SE4ALL coalition, designed SE4RC to serve poor rural communities, whose needs are n...Read more
The following projects have now completed, but are included here for reference and learning.
A Practical Action project in Mutare and Epworth to improve the living conditions of poor and marginalised urban and peri-urban residents by accessing and sustaining basic municipal and infrastructure services.Read more
Energy plays a crucial role in sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development; social, economic, and environmental, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, education, and gender-related issues. Whilst improved access...Read more
Catalysing modern energy service delivery to marginal communities in Southern Africa (regional hydro)
This five-year project, funded by the European Commission, aimed to rehabilitate six existing micro hydro schemes and establish nine new ones, targeting the mountainous regions of Manica in Mozambique, Mulanje in Malawi and Manicaland in Zimbabwe - where a combination of rugged terrain and perenn...Read more
This project has improved access to water and sanitation facilities in some of the country's rural communities. This project started off in August 2003 and has been implemented in four phases now covering a total of 21 districts. The Community-Based Management (CBM) concept has been successfully ...Read more
Poor people's energy outlook 2013
The third edition of the PPEO series focuses on energy for community services. This report builds on our evidence base and our call for Total Energy Access by focusing on vital community services. It brings to life the experiences of people living in energy poverty in countries with varying geographical, environmental and development contexts such as Bolivia, Bangladesh and Rwanda. It places the spotlight on the contribution that improved energy access can make to health, education and infrastructure services such as water and street lighting.