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Title: Application of past lessons in the dissemination of modern energy technologies in Africa: selected recent cases
Authors: Mapako, M
Keywords: Africa
17th International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy
Bioenergy
Woodstoves
Solar home systems
Gasifiers
Briquettes
Energy technologies
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Citation: Mapako, M. 2009. Application of past lessons in the dissemination of modern energy technologies in Africa: selected recent cases. 17th International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Town, 15-16 April 2009, pp 6
Abstract: Projects and programmes to disseminate energy technologies in Africa have been undertaken for decades with little success. These have included initiatives to promote and disseminate family and community biogas digesters, improved woodstoves, solar home systems, gasifiers, and biomass briquettes. The predominant causes of failure in most cases have been around flawed approaches to scale up and dissemination. This paper is based on a review of the literature on past energy service delivery initiatives, interviews with key informants and field visits to energy service delivery project in Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi during 2008. The review found evidence that lessons from past failures are being significantly applied in current efforts to disseminate modern energy services. Among the key lessons are the needs to establish sector-wide capacity covering suitable financing mechanisms, technical training and retraining, operation and maintenance, customer information, local buy-in and ownership, and integration with other ongoing development programmes
Description: 17th International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Town, 15-16 April 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3498
ISBN: 9780981431109
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