oa CSIR Science Scope - In pursuit of energy to stimulate rural economic activity : service delivery



Access to energy services plays a major role in economic development, yet the linkages between the provision of energy and poverty alleviation through economic development are not fully understood. This lack of understanding contributes to the relatively slow pace of energisation of the African continent. Rural energy for economic development (REED), a long-term research project by the CSIR, is working towards improved understanding of these linkages by investigating interventions to increase economic development in underdeveloped communities through energy provision and processing, value addition to natural or renewable resources, and the efficient use of energy.


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