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Uganda meets the predominant part of its energy demand with biomass and fossil fuel combustion. Only a small minority of the population has access to electricity, especially in rural areas. The demand for firewood for cooking exceeds natural reproduction, leading to deforestation. EnDev Uganda helps establish and promote improved cookstoves with an emphasis to develop national semi-industrial stove production capacities. EnDev also promotes solar market development regarding picoPV systems as well as grid densification.

Technologies used in this project

  • Grid
  • Hydro mini-grids
  • Improved cookstoves
  • Stand-alone systems

Country data

  • People with access to electricity: 131,000*
  • People with access to modern cooking services: 1,588,000*
  • SI´s with access to modern energy services: 590*
  • SME´s with access to modern energy services: 1,400*
  • *Target achievements until December 2019
Malish Allen: Solar power for refugee settlements


Improved cookstoves (ICS)

This component follows two approaches: For the first one, EnDev provides technical expertise (i.e. concept development, certified trainers, stove manuals, moulds) to build capacity of rural stove artisans. Also, EnDev provides awareness and marketing support. As a second pillar, EnDev supports Ugandan stove manufacturing companies. In 2014, EnDev Uganda, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, launched the nation-wide quality stove brand Good Stove – Better Cooking, currently the only quality seal for improved cookstoves in Uganda.

Pico PV and Solar Home Systems

The country project supports solar companies in the dissemination of SHS and picoPV for households, social institutions, and SMEs. EnDev supports its partner companies in the implementation of different end user financing schemes, establishment of decentralised sales points and implementation of awareness campaigns. While EnDev Uganda promotes picoPV systems as entry point for end-users to get acquainted with solar technology, the focus lies on facilitating access to SHS that suit each household’s demand and considerably improves their quality of life.

Grid densification

Lastly, EnDev Uganda cooperates with the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to achieve 13.000 new household grid connections under the Sub-Saharan Africa Grid Densification Challenge Fund. The focus is on no-pole connections: households within communities in close proximity to the national grid who have failed to connect solely relying on their own means for more than a year, are supported in the grid connection process.

Additional projects

As a complementary component, EnDev implements a Cooking Energy sector support project. It aims at supporting the sector coordination under the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC) and the alignment of its strategy to strengthen the cleaner cooking market. Furthermore, EnDev Uganda is setting up a refugee energy access pilot project in North-Western Uganda. The pilot hence seeks to evaluate whether and to what extent market-based approaches can be successfully implemented in the refugee context.

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A Ugandan man is working on an improved cookstove made of stainless steel.
Stove factory in Uganda‘s capital Kampala. Credit: Lisa Fingerhut, GIZ.


EnDev’s measures in Uganda have led to the creation of ‘65′ long-term full-time jobs – mostly through the components for improved biomass usage and energy efficiency. Institutions and SMEs are reporting monetary savings from using ICSs or ovens while households using ICSs also save time and money. Households and SMEs using solar home systems reported reduced expenditures on paraffin and phone charging. SHS for households allow lighting, use of radio or TV and charging mobile phones while schools and health centres benefit from improved conditions (lighting after sunset, cooling of medication etc.). As as result of EnDev’s interventions, 34,000 tons of firewood and more than 26,000 tons of CO2 are saved per year.

Further information

For more information on the energy situation in Ugdana see energypedia.

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