In her home in Kirugaluga, outside of Kampala, Kyeyune Rashidah runs a small shop where she sells shoes. With the help of UNCDF's Clean Start Programme, she can light up the store with lights powered by solar energy.
Photo: UNCDF CC BY-SA 4.0
Sida supports sustainable energy in Uganda
The need for universal access to affordable clean energy is captured in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, but some countries face challenges when it comes to energy access. One of them is Uganda and therefore Sweden will continue to support Uganda's development in the energy sector.
Access to affordable sustainable energy greatly improves lives through supporting new businesses, enabling study at home and in schools, powering agricultural value addition, improving health at homes and in health facilities and contributing to employment creation.
Uganda's energy access is a challenge given that only 20 per cent of the population access electricity and over 95 per cent of households depend on biomass for cooking. The Government of Uganda has together with the private sector and the support from development partners made efforts in increasing investments in renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution. Yet much remains to be done to increase access to affordable energy alternatives, especially among the rural off-grid communities.
Affordable energy for 150,000 households
Sweden has been a partner in Uganda's energy sector since 1993 and is now reaffirming its continued support to Uganda's development in the energy sector. The new agreement between Sweden and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) will enable the UNCDF to scale up its CleanStart programme in Uganda. This new phase addresses some challenges by providing a mix of technical support, marketing and awareness creation, grants and enabling access to loans for energy distribution enterprises in Uganda.
Sweden, through the bilateral strategy for Uganda, is contributing SEK 40,000,000 (4.5 million USD) towards the Renewable Energy Challenge Fund implemented by UNCDF in Uganda. This will make it possible for at least 15 additional enterprises to grow and scale up access to affordable energy for over 150,000 households by 2020. The programme will also enable a reduction in greenhouse gas emission of about 150,000 tonnes annually while also contributing to employment creation for women and youths.