MALAWI – ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT
The Ministry of Energy in Malawi has been implementing various initiatives aimed at extending the national grid to rural areas to achieve universal electrification by 2030, in line with the National Energy Policy. One such initiative is the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme, which seeks to extend the grid network to rural areas.
Provision of grid extension services have proven to improve access to electricity, which is essential for improving living standards, promoting economic growth, and reducing poverty in rural communities. Electricity has transformed rural communities by powering essential services such as healthcare facilities, schools, and water pumping systems, which has significantly improved the quality of life.
It is evident that extending the grid to rural areas helps to bridge the urban-rural divide by providing rural communities with the same opportunities and services as urban areas. This also contributes to the reduction of rural-urban migration, easing the pressure on urban infrastructure and services.