Energising the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) - Setting the Enabling Environment (E-MINDSET)

Archive content: This project has been completed, and the information is retained here for archive purposes. Current project work in Southern Africa can be found here.

Energy plays a crucial role in sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development; social, economic, and environmental, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, education, and gender-related issues. Whilst improved access to modern energy services is crucial for the overall socio-economic development of the region, lack of local knowledge and skills in the area of energy planning has severely constrained the development of local energy initiatives with a focus on poverty reduction.

Practical Action Southern Africa, with funding from the European Commission, implented the Energising the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) – Setting the Enabling Environment (E-MINDSET) project. The initiative was designed to address the mismatch between energy policy planning and implementation at central government level, and local level development planning. The approach builds on strengthening the cross sectoral linkages between energy and the more common and locally represented services such as health, agriculture and environment. The project is developing tools to be used at the local planning level to link energy planning and poverty reduction in Southern Africa. Whilst the region is endowed with diverse energy resources - both renewable and conventional, access to modern energy services still remains a challenge for poor rural communities. Energy planning is currently centrally managed with a heavy bias towards large-scale commercial projects.

Project activities were carried out in partnership with Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi, Ministry of Minerals and Energy in Mozambique, Energy and Environment Concerns for Zambia and Southern Centre for Energy and Environment as well as the Ministry of Energy & power Development in Zimbabwe.

The project’s specific objectives were to:

  • Develop toolkits and strengthen partners’ capacity in knowledge transfer and linking planning and development.
  • Improve communities’ capacity to link energy planning and development. 
  • Influence energy policy and regulatory framework to reflect and prioritise energy requirements for attaining MDG targets. 
  • Disseminate tools for linking energy and the MDGs.

Read more about the Project Partners

Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe (GENEZ) Newsletter - Issue 1: July 2008

Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe (GENEZ) Newsletter - Issue 2: March 2009

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