Decentralized Electricity for Universal Access in Bolivia

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The GPOBA project, which was approved in 2007, built on the experience of the Infrastructure for Rural Transformation (IDTR) project. It was comprised of grants totaling $5.2 million to support the provision of electricity under the framework of the Government’s universal access strategy. The grant recipient was the Ministry of Services and Public Works, with implementation by the Project Coordination Unit of the IDTR. The project’s aim was to increase access to renewable electricity for households, micro-enterprises, schools, and clinics in remote, rural areas of Bolivia through output-based service contracts and subsidies to private sector providers for the sale, installation, and after-sales service of at least 7,000 solar home systems.

This Lessons Learned discusses project insights gathered at the end of this project.