Mali is among the countries with the lowest electrification rate in the world, with an aggressive level of exploitation of timber resources (wood and charcoal) for domestic energy. According to 2009 figures (source Stratégie de Développement de la Maitrise de l’Energie au Mali), Mali's rate of access to electricity is estimated at 18% nationally, 59% in urban areas and 12% in rural areas. Biomass plays an important role in energy balance, of which 78% is mainly used as wood and charcoal.
The use of renewable energy technologies helps to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases, and increases resilience, while reducing the vulnerability of populations to respond to the adverse effects of climate change.
SNV Mali global objective is to facilitate access to renewable energy products and services to the people of Mali by reinforcing the capacity of private operators.
The programme components are: