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Improving the economic and social impact of rural electrification (IMPROVES-RE)

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Using the functionalities of Geographical Information Systems IMPROVES-RE formulated an integrated planning approach in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Niger that takes into account (i) the range of renewable energy technologies available for power generation and (ii) synergy with other infrastructure developments (health, education, drinking water, ITC?s?) and the development of income generating activities to achieve maximum development impact. To demonstrate the approach, local rural electrification plans were developed in selected areas with 200,000 inhabitants, in association with the local actors (NGOs, local communities, individuals?) who may be involved in providing electric service in the area. National and decentralized actors in charge of rural electrification investment planning were trained and the tools and know-how built by the project were disseminated between the participating countries, and with an extended circle of African countries.


  • Integrated planning tools and methodologies in the 4 countries, discussed and validated by key infrastructure development stakeholders (health, education, drinking water, ITC's).
  • Local rural electrification plans in the 4 selected pilot zones, discussed and validated with the local stakeholders.
  • Development of an Internet based application facilitating transparent exchange of information on rural electrification actual situation and plans and status of economic and social infrastructures in Burkina Faso. This application uses the functionalities of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Lessons learned

  • IMPROVES-RE builds upon a new type of public-private partnership, far from the traditional customer-bidder. This new situation may result in misunderstanding for sensitive subjects such as the selection of the pilot zone and morel exchanges between the parties involved.
  • IMPROVES-RE plays a significant role in the establishment of Multi-sector National Committees, in charge of improving dialogue and partnership between national stakeholders to foster access to energy services. Multi-sector National Working groups gather more than 15 government departments, specialized Agencies and Institutions.
  • Although all capacity building activities scheduled in the projects have been carried out, the interest raised by the approach imply additional efforts to ensure that not only local subcontractors and national counterparts but also stakeholders from other sectors have the required level of expertise to use and update the GIS. Last updated: 27.07.2010

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Denis Rambaud-Méasson
0033-4 72 59 13 20
Sheila Oparaocha


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01/04/2005 to 30/03/2007
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