Public-Private Partnerships for
Access to Community Electricit
Improved access to electricity can bring numerous social benefits through lighting, water pumping and other services. However, grid extension to rural areas is happening very slowly, and utilities are struggling to meet growing demands. Decentralisation in government and the electricity sector means there are growing opportunities for local authorities to supply electricity services at a local level through public-private partnerships.

There is a potential risk, however, that the private sector will naturally target larger and wealthier customers to ensure profitable operations. This means that poorer segments of the population could be excluded from access when new investments are made.

Using a small hydro-powered flour mill in Ethiopia

The PACE project will examine how local public private partnerships (PPPs) can provide a cost-effective supply of electricity, while enabling lower income households to have access to electricity and the broader social benefits of rural electrification

PACE is funded by the
UK Department for
International Development (DFID)

Participating countries:

Sri Lanka

The project is being co-ordinated
by ESD in the UK

and carried out by partners
in each of those countries.
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Jeremy Doyle
PACE Project Manager ESD UK

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