Energy in Africa capability statement
The brochure is a compilation of various case studies illustrating the impact of SNV's work in the life of millions of people in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
It portrays the approaches and methods used by SNV to empower local communities, businesses and organisations to break the cycle of poverty by providing them with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services.
The availability of light is known to improve many aspects of life including household income, education, health and security as well as enhancing social life. However the high cost of available off-grid lighting sources limits the amount of time a household will use them. Many quality solar lamps, such as those certified by the World Bank’s initiative Lighting Africa, are able to provide light for more than 24 hours on a single charge. This permits a household to do away with light rationing. The only thing the lamp needs is a few hours of sun the next day at no cost to the owner.
SNV is working with local entrepreneurs in Niger to create the market for solar lamps and home kits. This study was the first step.
SNV West and Central Africa is presenting through the 2011 case study anthology, a selection of its regional interventions. The different cases present the various contexts in which we operate, our approaches and their sustainability, who we work with and our results.
This document sought to analyse our work in the view of getting out the lessons learned from our experiences with regards to what has work and what has not. Besides, the anthology is a tool for knowledge sharing and learning for other organisations or individuals who may wish to scale up the work initiated.