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Productive Use Potential and Sales of Off-Grid Solar to Women and Youth in Uganda

 

Women make up 51 per cent of Uganda’s population and the country has one of the youngest populations in the world, with young people making up more than 50 per cent of the total population. Forty-four per cent of households in the country have a family member with a disability, 12 per cent of who have someone with a severe disability. Persons living with disabilities (PLWD) also make up about 10 per cent of the working population. Studies have shown that failure to address gender equality and disability in national programmes can have a detrimental effect on development, including energy programmes. For instance, loses in productivity due to ineffectively addressing disability range from 1 per cent to 7 per cent of GDP. Therefore, exploring and addressing GESI in productive use of OGS will contribute to improving livelihoods, increasing incomes and overall poverty reduction, especially for women, youth and PLWD.

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