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Access to renewable energy in the off-grid areas of Burundi as a driving force for socio-economic development




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,400,000
€ 1,400,000


The initiative increases access to energy to contribute to the resilience and socio-economic development of the rural areas of the provinces of Bujumbura Rural, Ruyigi and Rutana in Burundi; the renewable energy (RE) market is strengthened by acting on two lines: 1) access to solar energy for agricultural AGR, commercial activities, basic health services and households as an enabling factor for development, with professional training and job creation; 2) relying on the "Italian system" and on the experience of the network of private companies involved in the initiative to reduce the barriers to private investment in RE the main driving force behind development. In this context, the specific objective is to improve and strengthen the agricultural production chain, the RE business chain and the quality of basic health services through a secure, affordable and sustainable supply of solar energy.The strategy is divided into two strands:F1) Access to energy for 3,100 families, 315 IGA, 12 health centers, including: 1. Awareness on the nexus of energy-development (R1); 2. Support for the development of IGA and female micro-entrepreneurship (R2); 3. Certified professional training (R3). We opted for small-scale interventions, with customized solutions to the local context, affordable, simple, and replicable that exploit the leverage effect on the target communities in the case of female micro-entrepreneurship; provide for an economic partnership of the beneficiaries for greater sustainability and ownership; they favor the creation of employment and income diversification.F2) Stimulus for private investments through: 4. public-private consultation to improve the legislative framework that discourages investments, intervening on technical and non-political aspects (R4); 5. Promotion in Italian companies of business opportunities in Burundi in the RE (R5) sector. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 0 € 550,000
2021 € 0 € 450,000
2019 € 1,400,000 € 400,000


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-011876-01-2
  • AID011876/01/2
  • CRS Activity identifier2019000257
  • Planned start 2019/09/01
  • Planned End 2022/08/31
  • Actual start 2019/09/19
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Finalisation
  • Tied status Untied


  • 23181 - Energy education/training 6.0%
  • 23230 - Solar energy for centralised grids 42.0%
  • 43040 - Rural development 52.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 1.1 - By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • 1.3 - Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • 7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 - By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training