PACE Workshops and Events

  • Access and Sustainability, Final Dissemination Workshop, London, December 2003
  • Partnerships for Rural Electrification, Stakeholder Workshop, Uganda, September 2003
  • International Workshop and Study Tour, Sri Lanka, February 2003

    Click on the links below to read and download information on the workshops and events held during the PACE project.

Final Dissemination Workshop - Access and Sustainability
11 December 2003
London, UK

This half-day workshop was held to disseminate the main findings of the PACE project to international stakeholders with an interest in rural electrification and poverty reduction. The audience included representatives of the electricity sector, donors and development organisations.
To view the presentations from the workshop, go to Document Search. Download the agenda, proceedings and participant list here.

Stakeholder Workshop - "Partnerships for Rural Electrification"
2-3 September 2003
Kampala, Uganda

This two-day workshop was attended by energy specialists from the UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Swedish Embassy in Kampala, as well as senior Ugandan government officials from the Energy and Local Government ministries, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda Investment Authority and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). The workshop explored opportunities for implementing rural electrification projects through partnerships between private sector companies, local communities and government, and ways of managing such projects sustainably.

Participants also studied the process of establishing an institutional framework for the private generation and distribution of electricity in Uganda. Presentations focused on tariff setting, project finance, regulation, technical assistance, and an overview of findings from the PACE project case study surveys in Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

To view the presentations from the workshop, go to Document Search. View participant list here.

PACE International Workshop and Study Tour
17-20 February 2003
Sri Lanka

Day 1: Rural Electrification, PPPs and Developments in Sri Lanka


Lalith Gunaratne, LGA Consultants (Pvt), Sri Lanka

Day 2: PPPs and Livelihood Issues

Energy and Sustainable Livelihoods - Preliminary Survey Results
Hannah Isaac, ESD UK

Energy Forum and its Activities
Asoka Abeygunwardene, Energy Forum, Sri Lanka

Energy and Livelihoods, perspective from World Bank,
Dr. Pradip Perera, World Bank Country Office, Sri Lanka

Ceylon Electricity Board and Off-Grid Renewables,
P.L.G. Kariyawasam, Manager, CEB Pre-Electrification Unit, Sri Lanka

Introduction to PACE Project,
Jeremy Doyle ESD, UK

Keynote Address
Hon Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Power & Energy, Sri Lanka

PPPs and Community Electricity - Current Status in
, Girish Kharel (SBB, Nepal)
, Hilawe Lakew (MGP, Ethiopia)
, Arthur Mugyenzi (REDC, Uganda)
Sri Lanka
, Lalith Gunaratne (LGA, Sri Lanka)

ESD/RERED Project in Sri Lanka,
J Nagendran, Vice President,
DFCC Bank and Manager, RERED Project Admin Unit, Sri Lanka

Developing Micro Hydro Projects
S.M.G. Samarakone, CAPS
Provincial Council/Micro Hydro Project Interventions
P. Kodituwakku, Secretary Chief Ministry, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council
The Uva Solar PV Project - Future Directions
B.M. Dharmadasa, Secretary Min of Power & Energy, Uva Provincial Council
Solar PV Project Developments
Sanath Weerakkody, Managing Agent, Solar Industries Association, Sri Lanka
Day 3: Micro Hydro - visit to community based scheme, Kitulgala, Sabaragamuwa Province
Day 4: Solar Home Systems - visit to Local Authority, micro-finance institution and local beneficiaries.

PACE project team (with representatives from the electricity sector in Ethiopia, Nepal and Uganda) are given a guided tour of the micro-hydro mechanics by members of the community in Kitulgala and representatives from CAPS, the consultants involved in designing and developing the scheme.

The hospitality of the community was combined with an opportunity for the team to ask the community directly about their experiences in setting up and managing the development, financing and maintenance of the scheme. Download discussion report.

A meeting of the Uva Provincial Council and the PACE team provided delegates with the opportunity to ask Council members about local drivers for supporting PV systems in the Uva Province, and their experience of Public Private Partnerships for delivering community electricity. Download meeting report.

At a meeting at the micro-finance institution, SEEDS, the PACE team discovered more about how loans for PV solar home systems are administered, distributed and repaid by households in the Uva Province. Download meeting report.

Finally, the team visited homes and businesses with newly installed PV solar home systems.

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