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

University of Michigan

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Advancing Climate Change Solutions
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2023–August 31, 2025
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Tanzania

About this grant

There is an urgent need for data and research insights related to energy access solutions among off-grid last-mile communities in order to successfully achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7, universal access to modern energy services by 2030. The University of Michigan, a U.S.-based public research university, has collaborated over the past five years with St. John’s University of Tanzania to undertake longitudinal research aimed at improving strategies for the widespread use of solar energy services for better production among last-mile communities of rural Tanzania. Over the next two years, this project will enhance the sustainability and capacity of local partners to undertake long-term longitudinal monitoring of how village-based groups and institutions can advance the productive use of solar energy in rural Tanzania. The project also will build local capacity to accelerate data analysis and use of associated results to inform better decision-making among key stakeholders in Tanzania.