Reducing rural poverty through increased access to energy services: a review of the multifunctional platform project in Mali
modern energy services affect people’s lives in terms of income, education, and rural women’s statusand health.
This report reviews experiences of the multifunctional platform project in Mali and documents how modern energy services affect people’s lives in terms of income, education, and rural women’s status and health. In addition to showing on-theground evidence, this report presents analytical insights into key factors affecting the relationship between energy services and development outcomes. The analysis derived from field studies conducted between mid-2001 and early 2002 that evaluated data and documents available through the project management unit in Mali. This study also assesses the relevance of the multifunctional platform concept to larger national/regional development policies and frameworks on energy for poverty reduction in Africa.