Milling. Welding. Cold drinks. None of this is possible without energy. Virtually all forms of income generation require some form of modern energy.

However, it is not enough to simply provide electricity and other forms of modern energy and hope that local economic activity will develop by itself. The productive use of energy needs to be actively promoted in order to increase the impact of energy access programmes.

At the same time, there is little systematic evidence available showing the relationship between access to modern energy and poverty alleviation, and rigorous evaluations of energy access programmes are virtually non-existent.

Productive Use of Energy (PRODUSE) is a joint initiative of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI), the EUEI Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). PRODUSE aims at
  • gaining insights into the interaction between energy access and productive activities
  • improving the available toolkit for evaluation of energy projects with a particular focus on productive activities and local economic development, and
  • providing practical guidance on how to promote the productive use of energy in the context of energy programmes. 
Currently, the PRODUSE Study and PRODUSE Manual are the main outcomes of the PRODUSE initiative, but further publications and events will soon be accessible.

Overview PRODUSE Initiative (4-pager)
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