Ethiopia: Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project

In 2008, a GPOBA grant of $8 million was signed to accelerate the pace of connections among grid customers by making the connection charge affordable to the poor population through a credit scheme, and was linked to the $170 million IDA-financed Ethiopia Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project Phase II.

This project provided 43,000 poor rural households, or about 215,000 people, with formal connections to grid electricity, representing 75 percent of total connections in the entire country from 2011–2013. In addition, 32,000 compact fluorescent lamps were distributed to customers connected under the GPOBA scheme.
This Lessons Learned discusses project insights gathered at the end of this project.