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Alleviation of Poverty through the Provision of local Energy Services (APPLES)

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The APPLES project aims to find a sustainable mechanism for the effective delivery of improved local energy services to poor communities in South Africa by contributing to the establishment and strengthening of existing energy centers. The project has identified four location for targeted action: Highflats in Kwazulu Natal Province, Hluleka in Eastern Cape Province, Buffalo City in Eastern Cape Province and Cape Town. For each location, the following activities will be implemented: - Needs assessment: establish energy-related priorities of poor people - Best Practice: Identify and demonstrate best practices for energy services provision - Capacity Building: beneficiaries include end-users in poor communities, local entrepreneurs, government and the private sector. - Monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of APPLES: evaluating the lessons learned to enable results to be widely replicated.

Results

  • Energy priorities in the selected locations will be assessed through a consultative process which will raise the awareness of end users and lead to more rational choices over affordable, clean and efficient energy supplies.
  • Best practices for the provision of energy services that address the identified energy needs will be determined and demonstrated.
  • Establishment and/or strengthening of energy services centres in the selected locations and demonstration of a model for alleviation of poverty through the provision of local energy services that an be replicated wildly.
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Lessons learned

  • During the preparation of the APPLES project proposal, potential donors have been identified who expressed their willingness to provide the necessary co-financing for the local partners. However, shortly after the contract with the European Commission was signed the attitude of some of the donors towards co-operation with the APPLES project changed and the requirements for co-financing had to be re-negotiated. This resulted in a significant delay in the implementation of the project.
  • In order to make an effective contribution to the Integrated energy Centre(IeC) programme of the government of South Africa, APPLES should have considered from the beginning the impact of envisaged interventions not only on the target location but more also on the direct IeC roll-out plan as presented in Appendix A of the APPLES work plan and on he broader context of any planned intervention.
  • Involvement of the local communities and other stakeholders is essential in achieving a sustainable impact of the APPLES intervention. This is achieved through community meetings, workshops, consultations with representatives of the municipality and local government. However, this process takes a lot of time and cannot be simply pushed trough. This must be duly taken into account when defining the project duration. Last Updated: 28.06.2010
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Contact

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dr Marjolein de Best-Waldhober
E-mail: 
Tel: 
+31-224-564798
Name: 
Frits van Oostvoorn
Tel: 
0031 224 564438
Name: 
Henk F. Kaan
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031-224-56 4500
Name: 
(Marc) H.M. Londo
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031 224 568253
Name: 
Nico van der Linden
Tel: 
0031 0 22456 4433
Name: 
Martin Scheepers
Tel: 
0031 224 564436
Name: 
marc Londo
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031 224 568253
Name: 
Nico van der Linden
Tel: 
0031 224 564433
Name: 
Karina Veum
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0031-224-560882
Name: 
Frans Nieuwenhout
Tel: 
+31 224 564849

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In brief

Duration:
01/06/2005 to 31/07/2008
Contract number: 
EICOO/EIE/04/168/2004

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