Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities

 

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dc.contributor.author Mpako Maxwell
dc.contributor.author Prasad Gisela
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-22T09:10:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-22T09:10:39Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04
dc.identifier.citation Mapako, M., & Prasad, G. (2007). Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities. Cape Town: CSIR. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17196
dc.description.abstract National electrification programmes are given priority in many developing countries and the level of electrification is generally seen as one of the key indicators of development. Utilities find rural electrification programmes a challenge because the returns on the investment made in grid extension are minimal given the usually low levels of power consumption in rural areas. An approach, adopted in Zimbabwe that promises to address this problem is to target income-generating activities, mainly the small and medium scale enterprises (SMMEs) in the areas where the electricity grid is extended. This will have the benefits of potentially increasing the return on the utility’s investment by also stimulating small-scale commercial and industrial activities in the areas reached by the grid. It is however important to understand the SMMEs and their needs in order to tailor any support appropriately. When extending the grid to the growth points the Rural Electrification Agency may also provide loans and deliver to site electrical machinery like grinding mills, irrigation equipment and welding machines that entrepreneurs may order. This paper discusses the findings of recent case studies among small enterprise beneficiaries of rural electrification in the arid southwest of Zimbabwe and highlights key lessons learnt. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.subject rural electrification en_ZA
dc.subject SMMEs en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.subject.other rural electrification
dc.subject.other Zimbabwe
dc.subject.other poverty
dc.subject.other income-generating activities
dc.title Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-02-12T13:26:07Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Research paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Energy Research Centre en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation , & (2007). <i>Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Energy Research Centre. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17196 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation , and <i>Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Energy Research Centre, 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17196 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation , . Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities. 2007 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17196 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Mpako Maxwell AU - Prasad Gisela AB - National electrification programmes are given priority in many developing countries and the level of electrification is generally seen as one of the key indicators of development. Utilities find rural electrification programmes a challenge because the returns on the investment made in grid extension are minimal given the usually low levels of power consumption in rural areas. An approach, adopted in Zimbabwe that promises to address this problem is to target income-generating activities, mainly the small and medium scale enterprises (SMMEs) in the areas where the electricity grid is extended. This will have the benefits of potentially increasing the return on the utility’s investment by also stimulating small-scale commercial and industrial activities in the areas reached by the grid. It is however important to understand the SMMEs and their needs in order to tailor any support appropriately. When extending the grid to the growth points the Rural Electrification Agency may also provide loans and deliver to site electrical machinery like grinding mills, irrigation equipment and welding machines that entrepreneurs may order. This paper discusses the findings of recent case studies among small enterprise beneficiaries of rural electrification in the arid southwest of Zimbabwe and highlights key lessons learnt. DA - 2007-04 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - rural electrification KW - SMMEs KW - Zimbabwe LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 T1 - Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities TI - Rural electrification in Zimbabwe reduces poverty by targeting income-generating activities UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17196 ER - en_ZA


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