Mobilizing Social Assets for Productive Use of Renewable Energy in Rural Tanzania

Economics, Politics & Governance

Project Summary

Building on research and data from the Transformations in Poverty and Property Rights in Rural Tanzania project (2009-present), the key objectives of this study are to:

  1. Strengthen understanding of the types of social assets that can advance productive uses of renewable energy in rural Tanzania;
  2. Enhance capacity in regional universities for assessment of village-based social assets that can be mobilized to support solar mini-grid investments;
  3. Liaise with Tanzanian civil society organizations (including non- governmental organizations, microfinance institutions, business incubators, entrepreneurial training institutes, and women’s organizations) to expand the range and scale of productive uses of renewable energy; and
  4. Consult with and select 4-6 villages with demonstrable success in managing social assets that can serve as pilot sites for mini-grid installation and expansion of productive uses of renewable energy in the rural sector.


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


Kelly M Askew

Project Period

09/01/2018 – 08/31/2023

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