This map includes examples of productive use promotion projects and programmes implemented by different organisations. If you know a good project that should appear here, please let us know.
Project name Renewable Energy Supply for Rural Areas in Afghanistan (ESRA)
Country/region Afghanistan
Duration 2010-2015
Short Description

The ESRA programme is supporting the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water, provincial governments as well as local communities in Northern Afghanistan to improve electricity supply and foster local economic development.
Rural electrification projects under ESRA are accompanied by targeted activities for the promotion of productive use of electricity including

  • Consideration of productive uses and productive use potentials in rural electrification planning and project selection
  • Awareness raising on productive use opportunities
  • Business trainings for (potential) entrepreneurs in newly electrified communities, based on the CEFE methodology
  • Technical advice on selection, installation and maintenance of electric equipment (e.g. motors)
  • Facilitate information on microfinance
  • Training of electricians

Productive uses that have developed in the newly electrified villages include carpentry, milling, oil pressing, photocopying, secretarial services and photography.

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Funded by

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Further Information


Mr. Robert Dilger