Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) in Uganda


Only 15% of Ugandans have access to grid electricity, and it is only 75% reliable for those who are connected.


     BOSCO-Uganda works with the University of Notre Dame alongside the Accenture Corporation to design, implement and monitor a new approach to rural energy access. Building on ICT access and education provided by BOSCO-Uganda and entrepreneurial training pioneered by Educate!, the two-phase Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) project is developing an ecosystem approach to energy ownership and sustainability in three pilot sites in post-insurgency Northern Uganda.screen-shot-2015-06-23-at-11-54-10-am

Computer-based entrepreneurial training bolstered by mentorship from Accenture volunteers is fostering new business ventures and job creation to generate economic activity around kilowatt-scale solar hybrid micro-grids. In that environment, energy costs can be recaptured toward expansion and sustainability in the context of community ownership of renewable energy resources. 

     CE3 is developing a long-term and sustainable ecosystem that goes further than solar power, connectivity or any standalone solution. Instead, CE3 fosters an integrated package, a systems approach, that includes:

  • Connectivity: Computer access, intranet and Internet connectivity and training to enable access to information and resources, unleashing the creativity and motivation of the Ugandan people
  • Electricity: Providing disconnected communities with clean, efficient, renewable energy on the kilowatt scale to power businesses and schools, with recaptured revenue to support expansion and sustainability
  • Education: Entrepreneurial training in schools and community centers, coupled with local and remote mentorship, providing basic leadership and business knowledge that leads to greater economic activity

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Read David Akena’s story to see a firsthand example of how the CE3 Project in Uganda is changing lives.