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Rural Electrification Kenya - Last Mile Connectivity

Region
Eastern Africa
Sector
Energy
Scope
IG
Grant Amount
EUR 30,000,000
Total project cost
EUR 120,000,000
Status
Approved
PFG Lead Financier
AFD

Access to electricity in Kenya is notably low in comparison with similar African countries : 35 % on average and only 12% in rural areas have access to electricity. In 2015, the Government of Kenya (GoK) announced the « Last Mile Connectivity Program » aiming at universal access to electricity by 2020. This new ambitious strategy based on international good practices and experiences will allow large economies of scale.

The Project is part of this ambitious goal allowing thousands of connections for households close to the electricity network in 33 counties (out of 47) spread in rural areas of Kenya.

The main objectives of the project are to :

· Increase the number of connections around distribution transformers and extend the MV and LV distribution grid where needed in Kenyan rural areas;

· Increase access to reliable electricity for households and businesses;

· Improve economic development in Kenyan rural areas;

· Reduce disparities between rural and urban areas.

06/2016