Modern Energy - impact on micro-enterprise. Final Report
- DFID-AEA Group
This DFID research project has evolved and been refined during the last four years to now have a range of key focus areas. In essence, it sets out to investigate whether prospects for poverty reduction, through employment and income generation opportunities in micro-enterprises, can be created or enhanced by the provision of modern energy services. In the context of this research, modern energy is the provisions of electricity, and, a micro-enterprise is defined as very small business employing less than 10 people.
The project key focus areas can be defined by the following outputs or questions, centered in the context of poor communities in developing regions of the world.
The project key focus areas can be defined by the following outputs or questions, centered in the context of poor communities in developing regions of the world:
- Does modern energy enhance micro-enterprise creation and growth?
- How does modern energy enhance the creation and growth of sustainable micro-enterprise?
- Expose the relationship between the provision of modern energy services and micro-enterprise.
- Prepare a set of guidance notes for key stakeholders that show how energisation of communities and associated interventions can maximize micro-entreprise development to, in turn, maximise associated proverty alleviation, benefits to beneficiary groups and economic sustainability while minimising environmental impacts.
It has been against these clear objectives that a longitudinal study over three years in South Africa, entitled 'Modern Energy: Impacts on Micro-enterprise', has been carried out by AEA Energy & Environment (UK) and Integrated Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd., South Africa.
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