Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Prasad, Gisela en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Simasiku, Mirriam en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-28T14:07:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-28T14:07:58Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Simasiku, M. 2004. Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6711
dc.description.abstract Power sector reforms around the world have been driven by various factors ranging from economic and financial to technological reasons. The reforms in the power sector are frequently undertaken under conditionality agreements linked to broader macro economic reforms. The main objective of this thesis is to find out whether power sector reforms advance social benefits to the poor, specifically increase their affordable access and use of electricity in Zambia. The rationale behind power sector reforms in Zambia include the increase of access to electricity by the majority of the Zambian population through expansion of the national electricity network to cover areas that have production potential. The promotion of private sector participation in the electricity industry by ensuring that market rules are attractive to private investors is another objective of reforms. The reforms also aim to improve efficiency in the electricity industry. To achieve the rationale of power sector reforms, the government's focus is on macro electrification projects. These electrification projects exclude poor household electrification owing to its unprofitable nature. Furthermore, the expected economic benefits arising from the macro electrification projects could result in further marginalization of poor household electrification. In short, the proposed approach to restructure the electricity industry in Zambia does not contain specific initiatives for increasing affordable access to electricity by the poor households. This thesis draws out the point that without considerable attention to affordable access to electricity by the poor at the inception of the reforms, addressing them at a later stage could difficult. To be effective, social concerns need to be included into the reform design early and backed by strong political commitment. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other Applied Science en_ZA
dc.title Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis 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
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
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dc.identifier.apacitation Simasiku, M. (2004). <i>Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Energy Research Centre. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6711 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Simasiku, Mirriam. <i>"Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Energy Research Centre, 2004. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6711 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Simasiku M. Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Energy Research Centre, 2004 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6711 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Simasiku, Mirriam AB - Power sector reforms around the world have been driven by various factors ranging from economic and financial to technological reasons. The reforms in the power sector are frequently undertaken under conditionality agreements linked to broader macro economic reforms. The main objective of this thesis is to find out whether power sector reforms advance social benefits to the poor, specifically increase their affordable access and use of electricity in Zambia. The rationale behind power sector reforms in Zambia include the increase of access to electricity by the majority of the Zambian population through expansion of the national electricity network to cover areas that have production potential. The promotion of private sector participation in the electricity industry by ensuring that market rules are attractive to private investors is another objective of reforms. The reforms also aim to improve efficiency in the electricity industry. To achieve the rationale of power sector reforms, the government's focus is on macro electrification projects. These electrification projects exclude poor household electrification owing to its unprofitable nature. Furthermore, the expected economic benefits arising from the macro electrification projects could result in further marginalization of poor household electrification. In short, the proposed approach to restructure the electricity industry in Zambia does not contain specific initiatives for increasing affordable access to electricity by the poor households. This thesis draws out the point that without considerable attention to affordable access to electricity by the poor at the inception of the reforms, addressing them at a later stage could difficult. To be effective, social concerns need to be included into the reform design early and backed by strong political commitment. DA - 2004 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2004 T1 - Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia TI - Power sector reforms and the poor : case study of Zambia UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6711 ER - en_ZA


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