Ground breaking ceremony for Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project

On 27th August 2015 I witnessed a memorable event for Practical Action Southern Africa.Zimbabwe`s Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr.Samuel Undenge and Chief Mathe of Gwanda District broke ground for a 99Kw solar energy and livelihoods project.This project will demonstrate how sustainable energy is key for sustainable development – schools, a clinic, irrigation schemes, agro-processing and other small businesses will benefit from the establishment of a solar mini grid managed by a public private partnership.

Dr.Samuel Undenge and Chief Mathe breaking ground for SE4RC project

Dr. Samuel Undenge and Chief Mathe breaking ground for SE4RC project

The SE4RC project is being implemented, in line with the objectives and plans of the governments of Zimbabwe and Malawi, by Practical Action in partnership with SNV, Dabane Trust (in Zimbabwe), Hivos, Environment Africa and CARD (in Malawi). This four year project is funded by the European Union, with additional support from OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme.
SE4RC ground breaking

The project is contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) goal that aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services in rural areas and to improve access to modern energy services that contribute to better well-being (economic and social) of rural men and women in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The project promotes productive energy end-use through enterprise development and will benefit at least 30 000 beneficiaries in the two countries.

The Regional Director for Practical Action, Kudzai Marovanidze commended the Mashaba community for the successful inception of the project, their commitment in working to ensure its success and also working towards their own development.

The Guest of Honour, Energy and Development Minister, Dr. Samuel Undenge, gave the keynote address. He acknowledged the collaborative efforts by the different stakeholders involved in the project.The Minister also noted that the SE4RC project is strategically in line with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset)

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