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