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Strategy for a national pay-as-you-go policy and mechanisms to enhance rural off-grid solar energy access and clean cookstoves

This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Gender equality

Gender equality

Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

Climate action

Climate action


Over 90% of the rural population in Uganda lacks access to clean and affordable energy. In addition, the vast majority of these households cook on woodfuels (wood/charcoal). Use of traditional kerosene lamps and low-peforming cookstoves has a negative impact on people’s health and climate change. While these problems have been identified, concrete solutions are yet to be offered. This project builds on the government of Uganda’s aim to reach millions of households with access to clean energy and cooking technologies. The government believes that mobile banking could ameliorate barriers such as relatively high upfront costs.

Requested CTCN Response

Analysis of the quantitative and qualitative aspects:

  • Investigate problems posed by kerosene lamps and original stoves
  • Benefits and problems to access basic solar systems and improved cookstoves
  • Willingness to pay
  • Trade value carbon credits and other impacts/benefits
  • Related issues such as local businesses biomass bricks, time saving cooking
  • Benefits, problems, challenges posed by different mobile banking systems 
  • Benefit on a national level from reduction in GHG, black carbon emissions, and medical costs

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Results

  • Based on feasibility, develop a national framework for mobile banking energy solutions
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