More than 800 million people worldwide, many of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to electricity. Achieving access to it is critical for expanding economic opportunity, ensuring food security and reaching other key measures of human development.
Research and investments tend to focus on improving energy access in homes, schools and health facilities, with less emphasis on providing energy access for income-generating activities, such as farming and small businesses. To address this gap, Columbia World Projects is working with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Government of Uganda to map existing energy sources in Uganda and identify possible areas where energy investments would benefit the local economy. The goal is to provide easily accessible information to investors and policymakers that will ultimately lead to investments in the expansion of productive, income-generating activities, such as irrigation, small-scale farming, food processing and storage, light industry, and other energy services.
Through partnership and innovative data collection and analysis, the project aims to unlock economic opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
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- 2,000+square kilometers of land in Uganda were surveyed for this project to assess where new energy investments could be made
Edwin AdkinsProject TeamRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Edwin Adkins has 15 years of experience in energy and rural electrification planning in developing countries. Mr. Adkins now works as a coordinator for energy projects for the Quadracci...
Philippe BenoitProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Philippe Benoit is Managing Director, Energy, for Global Infrastructure Advisory Services 2050 and Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Energy and...
Vijay ModiColumbia UniversityProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Vijay Modi is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and a member of the Earth Institute faculty. His areas of expertise are energy resources/access...
M. Suresh SundaresanColumbia UniversityProject LeadRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Suresh Sundaresan is the Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia University. He has published in the areas of Treasury auctions, bidding, default...