Publication - Assessment of Market-Driven Solutions for Energy Access in Refugee Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Title
Assessment of Market-Driven Solutions for Energy Access in Refugee Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa
Publisher
USAID & Power Africa
Author
Andres Monca, Luna Ruiz, Marcelle Meyer, Rishika Surya, Wangeci Wanyahoro
Published in
November 2021
Abstract
This report summarizes findings from 13 projects that target increasing energy access in refugee camps and settlements in sub-Saharan Africa, achieved through partnerships between humanitarian organizations and public or private sector suppliers. The interventions chosen are all in the solar home systems sector in order to allow for a degree of cross-comparison. The study attempted to include all projects of this type with publicly-available information, and they represent a diverse range of geographical locations, types of intervention deployed, duration of interventions and enabling environments. A two-pronged approach has been used for the analysis with extensive literature review and interviews with project sponsors and industry experts. The analysis divides these projects based upon the type of intervention being deployed, and further assesses and makes recommendations for the application of different interventions. The recommendations are based on the best practices and lessons learned from individual projects, existing literature, and the perspectives of project parties.
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