Project Factsheet
United Nations Fund Darfur
Start Date *: 17 Dec 2015
End Date*: 30 Jun 2019
Country: Sudan Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Lead Agency: UNDP (with UNIDO, UN-Habitat and WHO)

Pillar 2: Reconstruction

Project Objectives

Solar energy systems installed and electricity services delivered to needy communities in Darfur Region.

Introduction & Problem Statement

According to the Energy Situation Analysis Report, about 70% of the population in Sudan currently has no access to electricity and about 92% of the population use biomass for cooking purposes. Darfur States are amongst the poorest states in Sudan term of consumption of modern energy sources (electricity and oil fuels). The security situation, distances from the centre and poor transportation facilities have resulted in modern energy services being unavailable and/or unaffordable to the majority of the Darfur population.The recovery of Darfur and sustainable return of IDPS and Refugees requires a great deal of building infrastructure. Electricity supply is poor or non-existent in most rural locations and building usage is thus restricted to daylight hours. Working people therefore have limited time to benefit from the facilities. This Project aims to remedy this situation and extend the daily life of community service facilities by the installation of solar lighting sets. This can be done rapidly and will be seen as an immediate improvement and a “peace dividend” promoting the human security of each community and its surrounding settlements.

The primary focus of the Project is to install and operate solar energy systems in the public service area – streets lighting, hospitals, locality offices, women centres, community centres, police stations, school and solar pumps to provide affordable energy services through the installation of different solar energy technologies. The Project will be implemented in 70 settlements in Darfur. Each settlement is a focal area, serving 3 to 5 satellite settlements. Thus, about 35,000 inhabitants will directly benefit from the Project, while an additional 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants from the satellite settlements will benefit indirectly through extension and improvement of community services, the functional usage of institutions and improved security within the settlements. The Project will also establish a Solar Energy Network across Darfur that will share information, experiences, capabilities and resources between all stakeholders, promoting a favorable environment for the private sector in the provision of standardized energy services to the different segments of the Darfur communities and different economic sectors.


The main aim of the project is to increase access to electricity services in Darfur.

The Project has three main components:

i) Installation of solar electricity systems of different types and sizes. Solar electricity system types can be grouped into 5 categories including DC/AC systems (suitable for lighting systems for schools, mosques and small service centres), AC systems (suitable for running computers, fridges, communication and satellite TVs), Street lights, mobile solar lamps and solar pumps. These systems will be completing and integrated into services built by other projects within the DDS such as schools, health centres/hospitals, police stations, and water yards.

ii) Training and technical assistant f0r local communities and businesses to handle the after sale services activities such as installation, operation, maintenance and provision of spare parts.

iii) Establishment of coordination mechanism to develop a private public partnership to scale up extension services such as installation and maintenance of solar electricity systems.

Implementing Partners:

The Project will be implemented by UNDP, UNIDO, WHO and UNHABITAT in close coordination and partnership with two government institutions; the National Energy Research Centre and the Voluntary Returns and Reintegration Commission (VRRC).

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