Sida’s rural electrification portfolio

Sida plans to commission an evaluation study of its extensive rural electrification programme. The idea is to determine what works, under what circumstances and why, to promote poor people’s access to electricity and thereby contribute to better living conditions.

    The results of the evaluation will be used as input into the development of Sida guidelines on activities in access to electricity. They will also feed into the work on new country strategies that are currently being written for Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.

    Sida has been providing support for rural electrification as a means to achieve sustainable development since the late 1990s. Grid extensions have been supported in Botswana, Eritrea, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, and off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, in Zambia and Tanzania. In Asia, Sida has financed a major rural electrification scheme in Sri Lanka, and a capacity building programme for off-grid rural installations in Vietnam.

    The total project volume of Sida support for electrification (90 per cent of which is in rural areas) between 1995 and 2010 was approximately SEK 1.5 billion.

    Sida’s largest energy programmes are in Tanzania and Mozambique. For this reason, the evaluation will focus on these two countries. It will include field work to examine four Sida-financed rural electrification projects with visits to the respective national electricity utilities in Maputo and Dar es Salaam. It will also include desk reviews of reports on Sida’s other programme countries, as well as other donors’ experiences in this field.

    The evaluation will address questions such as: have the programmes met their objectives? what factors influenced? to what extent did they contribute to poverty reduction? are the programmes sustainable?

    The deadline for the submission of tenders is August 31, 2012.