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Building capacity in renewables in the health, education and water sectors to help meet poverty reduction targets in sub-Saharan Africa (ENABLE)

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ENABLE supports the governmental sectors of education, water and health in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya by building policy and planning capacity amongst ministry and local government staff regarding the role that renewable energy technologies can play in meeting sector goals. Capacity building and awareness raising are being delivered through a series of workshops and training activities. First national workshops were completed in late 2005 and a regional workshop in Tanzania in March 2006 produced a wide range of concrete actions that need to be taken to accelerate energy access in East Africa. Other activities of ENABLE include the development of Energy Guidelines and Packages for health, water and education, the development of an Electrification Planning Tool to assist in selection of technologies according to cost and economic benefits, provision of training on the energy guidelines and planning tool and development of a replication package for francophone Africa, initially focusing on Senegal.


  • Support with relation to energy to government staff in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. In particular, through its regional workshop, ENABLE provided support in the formulation of a work plan for the East African Community Energy Committee to take forward its Strategy for Scale-Up of Energy Services in East Africa.
  • Energy Guidelines and Packages to assist planning at the central and local government level in the sectors of health, water and education.
  • An Electrification Planning Tool to assist in the selection of suitable areas for off-grid electrification and to assist in the selection of appropriate technologies on a cost and economic benefit basis. This tool will be particularly useful for local government staff.
  • Training will be provided to central and local government staff on the tools produced during the project, to ensure good take –up and use of the tools. Ultimately, the project aims to help create stronger and more capable institutions in the energy, health, education and water sectors.
  • At a wider level, the project expects to help increase transparency in the decision-making process, facilitate more co-ordinated, strategic approach to energy provision and encourage a more sustainable approach to the use of renewable energy.

Lessons learned

  • There is not enough involvement and not enough knowledge available at the district level in terms of planning for energy service delivery.
  • The availability of comprehensive, accurate and critical information on energy resources, demand, utilisation and technologies is missing or incomplete in most regions.
  • At the moment there is limited cooperation between sectors for coordinated planning for energy integration. Linkages between sectors are not always well understood and limited resources have curbed attempts to undertake integrated and holistic energy planning.

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IT Power Limited
United Kingdom
Contact point: 
Katerina Syngellakis
0044 1256 392739
Manuel Fuentes
0044 1256 392700
Rolf Oldach
0044 1256 392 733


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01/01/2005 to 30/06/2007
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