Energy access especially electricity is one of the key factor for achieving socio-economic development, including in rural areas. Access to electricity has the potential to stirrup achievement of the sustainable development goals through improved access to health service, access to education, access to various economic and entrepreneurship opportunities, etc. Access to electricity in rural areas is still poor in Tanzania despite the good efforts made in the past years through efforts made by the government through Rural Energy Agency (REA). Many villages are still not connected to the national grid depriving them of benefits enjoyed by the population residing in urban areas. This explains why the poverty level in rural areas is high compared to urban areas. Reliable access to electricity is also key in achieving industrialization as outlined in Vision 2025. This project is aimed at improving access to electricity by the at least 1000 people in Mpafu village located in Dondo ward in Mkuranga District in Coast Region. The project will support the installations of the Solar PV at the village hospital, installation of solar home systems in at least 30 households, and solar system in the community centre. It will also support the capacity building of the youth in terms of setting up demonstration entrepreneurship activities like solar powered shops and kiosks, phone charging, solar cookers, and solar salt driers for small scale salt producers.

Mpafu is a remote village and one among the many disadvantaged villages in Tanzania despite several potentials. It is a village which is far from the national electricity grid line and there seems to be no connection plan from the national grid soon. The distance from Mpafu to Mkuranga where the national grid ends is about 50km. Villages access power through improvised car batteries, which are not sustainable and costly to charge as they must travel very far to Mkuranga to replenish the batteries and this cost money and time. There is a huge potential for solar PV in Mpafu Village, also wind power due to its location near the sea shores. No attempt has been made so far to harness this potential sue to various challenges including lack of funding. This project will use this potential to help communities in Mpafu to access electricity to improve their livelihood.

About the Proponent:

Mpafu village government will be responsible to implement the project. Like other villages, Mpafu village is headed by a village chairperson who represent a certain political party. While the village chairpersons are political figures and elected by the people, the village officers are professionally employed by the district council and perform their duties under the office of the district executive director. Mpafu is one of the seven coastal villages in Mkuranga district with a population of around 2000, whereas females are believed to be 900 and 1100 are male as per the village records. Other coastal villages are Shungubweni, Kerekese, Kisiju-Pwani, Mdimni, Magawa and Kufumangao. There are also near–shore islands villages. These are Boza and Kuruti. Most of these villages are remote and are not connected to the national electricity grid which ends up in Mkuranga town. Unlike Kisiju-Pwani village, the 8 remaining villages have no functioning port despite being located at the shore. Mpafu natives are mostly religious people, with a large percentage of the people in the village who are Muslim.

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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Mpafu Village Council
Country: Tanzania
Area Of Work: Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase: Phase 6
Grant Amount: US$ 47,052.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 3,577.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 4,561.00
Project Number: TAN/SGP/OP6/Y2/CORE/CC/2017/13
Start Date: 7/2017
End Date: 12/2018
Status: Not active yet

Grantee Contact

Mr. Rashid Shabani


P.O. BOX 167
Mkuranga , Coast Region , +255

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Nehemiah K. Murusuri
Phone: (225-22) 2112799-801
Fax: (225-22) 2113272


UNDP P.O. Box 9182
Dar es Salaam, Dar es salaam Region, 255-22