GPOBA Rural Electrification Project in Ugandan Media

A GPOBA-supported rural electrification project in Uganda has received extensive coverage in the country's media recently, appearing in at least 10 online outlets. Eng. Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Minerals, spoke at a recent workshop organized by the United Nations Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda; in her keynote address on universal access to energy, she stated,"to increase the number of connections, we are implementing the output-based aid program, which provides a subsidy to enable electricity connections in the rural areas. This has been introduced because while some people may be able to pay electricity consumption, many are unable to connect due to inability to pay the connection fee."

The US$5.5 million GPOBA component of the project will start providing approximately 510,000 residents (102,000 households) with grid connections free of charge (this is part of a larger OBA facility funded by the World Bank, KfW, and the governments of Germany, Uganda and Norway, which could eventually provide 1.3 service connections in the short and medium-term). A complimentary power connection loan scheme will enable end users to borrow fund to meet the cost of having the wiring in their houses/premises by a certified technician prior to being connected to the grid. The government's goal is to provide universal electrification by 2040, up from its current 15 percent connection access. Read Towards Universal Energy Access in Uganda (Sept. 10, New Vision), Govt. launches Shs14b rural power project (Aug. 8, Inside Report), Government starts free power connections in rural areas (July 24, Daily Monitor)