Supporting Sub-Saharan Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET)

The project seeks to clarify how research and other development assistance can more effectively support sustainable energy transitions in urban areas in Sub Saharan Africa.

This multi-year project is being led by SEA, but involves a partnership between institutions in Uganda, Ghana and South Africa, as well as UK organisations. It provides capacity building and support to six pilot municipalities in the three African countries to develop sustainable energy strategies and implement aspects of these strategies. The SAMSET programme arises from the clear need for municipalities to play a much greater role in sustainable energy in the face of rapid urbanisation and associated accelerating service demands, and the severe lack of capacity within municipalities to respond to this situation. The municipal support approach is based on a model developed in South Africa to support municipalities over the past 15 years.

For more information on the project, refer to samsetproject.wordpress.com/

Donor: DFID, EPSRC, DECC (UK)
Project timeframe: Oct 2013 – Oct 2017
Project manager: Mark Borchers