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Access to Electricity in Rural Senegal through Standalone Solar Power Systems

The German Development Cooperation through GIZ carries out a variety of projects that aim to improve electricity provision in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. One country where significant efforts have been carried out for the last years is Senegal. Among others, the multi-donor energy access programme “Energising Development (EnDev)” carries out a project that deploys Solar Home and solar-powered Mini-Grid systems. Prior to the deployment, RWI conducted a baseline study in two rounds of data collection, 2009 and 2011. The baseline study was carried out to capture the status quo before electricity access facilitated by EnDev affected the population in a number of communities. To evaluate the effect attributable to these electrification activities, communities were also studied that did not receive access to electricity through the project. They constitute the control group of this evaluation approach that was assessed in a so-called difference-in-differences setup. In total, around 400 households from over 20 villages were revisited as part of the follow-up work. A particular research focus was on aspects related to migration. It was studied, in how far infrastructure provision such as electrification can affect the motivation to migrate among the population.


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Project start:
01. April 2016

Project end:
31. December 2016

Project management:
Dr. Gunther Bensch

Project staff:
Julian Rose

Project partners:
Centre de Recherche pour le Development Economique et Social

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH