Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship 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 local partner BOSCO-Uganda and entrepreneurial training pioneered by Educate!, The 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 starts and job creation to generate economic activity around kilowatt-scale solar hybrid microgrids. 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, sustainable ecosystem that goes further than solar power, connectivity or any standalone solution. Instead, CE3 fosters an integrated package, a systems approach, that
• 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
• Computer access, intranet and Internet connectivity and training to enable access to information and resources, unleashing the creativity and motivation of the Ugandan people
• 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