Money is Power: Tracking Finance Flows for Decentralised Energy Access in Tanzania

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January 2017
Erneus Kaijage, Shukuru Nyagawa, Sarah Best, Remigi Cosmas, Suzan Temba, Benjamin Mtwanga, Novetha Mahanga

Investment in Tanzania’s energy sector is growing, but how much attention is being given to decentralised energy solutions for people who still lack energy for their basic needs: to light their homes and power their farms and businesses? This study maps the available data on finance for decentralised energy access in Tanzania, and compares this to funding needs. It finds that the vast majority of public energy finance is flowing to large grid-connected projects and only a small proportion supports decentralised energy access. To encourage investment in the sector and ensure that no one is left behind, stakeholders need to implement a range of policy, finance and capacity building interventions.