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Date of Publication2017086
PublisherAfrican Community of Practice on Management for Development result at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Number of Pages11 pages
Geographical CoverageKenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
KeywordsClear Energy, Economic development and Energy, Clean Fuel, Solar Energy, Solar industry
AbstractEconomic development and access to energy go hand in hand. Improving electricity supply and distribution boosts economic growth, creates jobs, and expands the reach of educational and health services. It can also empower women, providing income-generating opportunities and enabling them to spend their time and money more productively. This case study shares insights from the solar light initiative in Africa of SolarAid and SunnyMoney. It features an innovative approach to address climate change, poverty, and business-development issues while providing a decent life to more than 60 million rural Africans in five countries – Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Key findings: Solar energy has the capacity to empower rural communities with off-grid lights. It can bring opportunities for local entrepreneurs, improve health, well-being, and safety; boost the economy; raise education and knowledge attainment; improve equity for women and children; and enhance the livelihoods of many people. Key lessons: More policies and capacity building are needed to develop solar energy and the best way to ensure universal access is through a unique mix of business and innovation. It is, thus, important to promote and support innovative efforts to supply energy to the populations. Key recommendations: African governments should encourage the uptake of solar lights and their components by removing taxes and duties on imported technologies and by reducing the number of licenses required for solar-light manufacturers and distributors. Capacity Buiding and institutions in research and development should be strengthened, and governments should invest in special innovation funds.
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