Mobilizing Social Assets for Productive Use of Renewable Energy in Rural Tanzania

Building on research and data from the “Transformations in Poverty and Property Rights in Rural Tanzania” project (2009-present), the key objectives of this study are to: 

  1. Strengthen understanding of the types of social assets that can advance productive uses of renewable energy in rural Tanzania; 
  2. Enhance capacity in regional universities for assessment of village-based social assets that can be mobilized to support solar mini-grid investments; 
  3. Liaise with Tanzanian civil society organizations (including non- governmental organizations, microfinance institutions, business incubators, entrepreneurial training institutes, and women’s organizations) to expand the range and scale of productive uses of renewable energy; and 
  4. Consult with and select 4-6 villages with demonstrable success in managing social assets that can serve as pilot sites for mini-grid installation and expansion of productive uses of renewable energy in the rural sector.


Kelly Askew, Center for Political Studies (PI), Department of Anthropology and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
Faustin Maganga, Department of Geography (Co-PI), St. John’s University of Tanzania, and Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Project Period
September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020