Access to sustainable energy

Accès à l’énergie durable

Ensuring sustainable access to energy

Developing this essential service in countries of the global South is a real challenge

Driven by growing demand, an abundance of resources and the emergence of new solutions, the energy market in countries of the global South is rapidly expanding. However, the sector still lacks structure and some regions continue to lag a long way behind other areas. Supporting stakeholders to improve access to this essential service requires the appropriate skills, effective coordination and a tailored methodology.

A complex sector to manage

The sector is beset by issues such as multiple stakeholders, a lack of financial and human resources, a shifting legislative framework, logistical problems, and demands that are complex to assess. This accumulation of issues can result in responses that are not inclusive or which are unsustainable for both communities and the environment.

An integrated approach

Forging links between the stakeholders

Our approach consists of forging links between the various stakeholders using our independent and multidisciplinary expertise: an integrated service approach that encompasses all technical, economic, social, environmental and institutional aspects.
Our service offer is aimed at beneficiary communities, as well as at public authorities and energy solution suppliers.

A sustainable approach

Providing sustainable solutions

The sustainability of the solutions introduced is core to our practices and we ensure this by working with all stakeholders, adapting solutions to the local environment and available funding/resources, and by ensuring skills are transferred to the relevant people.
Kattan is involved at each stage of the project cycle, from project feasibility through to project evaluation.

The objectives that guide our work

Our flagship projects

Projects that promote sustainable access to energy


Survey to determine willingness-to-pay for electricity mini-grids in Haiti

Project objective: the specific objective of this survey is to collect accurate and representative data on: the socio-demographic characteristics of households and businesses; their electricity usage or their use of alternative solutions where electricity is unavailable; their feedback on the quality of the services they receive; their electricity expenditure in proportion to their income; households’ willingness and capacity to pay for a good quality electricity supply.
Survey conducted with 600 households and 384 businesses

Local partner in Haiti: CGS


Technical verification of solar pumping installations

Project objective: ensuring sustainable access to drinking water in 165 rural communities in Tanzania by replacing thermal pumping equipment with photovoltaic systems to ultimately reduce their carbon footprint. These equipment replacements are being funded through an Output-Based Aid subsidy awarded by the World Bank once the solar equipment has been installed and management committees capable of sustainably managing the new systems have been put in place.
165 villages in 5 regions of Tanzania

Local partner in Tanzania: Service Plan


Technical assistance for developing an energy sector support program

Project objective: the assignment has structured a nation-level energy sector support programme and submitted it for debate. This 4-year programme was set up with an indicative budget of €6.35 million. The assignment consisted of 3 parts:

  1. Conducting a brief review of the energy sector;
  2. Developing a programme in action sheet format setting out the sector support activities to be implemented;
  3. Proposing an operational set-up.


Evaluation of an energy access project

Project objective: the EDAP (Energy and Development Access Project) has been implemented to address the growing problems being encountered by EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique) to expand electricity access The project aims to support the state-owned electricity company with expanding its distribution network in Maputo (in Matola) and the province of Cabo Delgado (by connecting nearly 47,000 new users to the grid) and to provide EDM with capacity-building.
This ex-post evaluation of the EDAP project seeks to:

  • Enhance the organisational and operational lessons learned by the AFD operational team based at head office and in Maputo on setting up, executing, operating and sustaining this type of project;
  • Improve similar projects of this type in Mozambique and potentially elsewhere;
  • Initiate discussions with EDM on the EDAP project results and lessons learned for use on similar future projects.

Partner: Gesto Energy


Promoting productive uses of electricity in DRC

Project objective: the study is being conducted with a view to developing and implementing the World Bank’s electricity and water access and governance project in DRC. To help inform the project design, the World Bank has recruited a Consultant to undertake an in-depth market analysis of productive uses of electricity (PUE) with high development potential and to produce a roadmap to guide future government, civil society and private sector interventions to promote the development of these PUE.
The specific objectives of this study are to:

  • Assess current and potential demand for productive uses of electricity applications, build an understanding of the productive use appliance supply chain, and identify high-potential value chains and productive use applications.
  • Analyse the main barriers to PUE scale-up in the target areas, develop an understanding of DRC’s private operators’ current business models, and undertake a stakeholder mapping exercise to determine sector stakeholders’ current capabilities, priorities, activities and future plans.
  • Provide recommendations on how market barriers might be overcome, identify interventions to promote productive uses of electricity and stimulate productive demand, and explore two or three investment opportunities and pilots in which the main stakeholders could be involved.
  • This analysis has been conducted in 7 cities in DRC and has consisted of: an in-depth literature review; semi-structured interviews with key sector stakeholders, electricity service operators and productive use equipment supply stakeholders; 84 focus group discussions with 840 participants (demand-side).

Partners: Experts, Reiner Lemoine Institut

Who we are

Kattan is the name of the Global Development group division that focuses specifically on the energy sector

Kattan is building on the group’s 25 years of expertise of conducting water, sanitation and waste management projects in the global South. Since 2015, Global Development has been working to structure the energy sector wherever needs are greatest.

Every day, our experts are working to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people. How are we doing this? By helping to provide sustainable, fair and inclusive access to energy.

It draws on 25 years of expertise in conducting water, sanitation and waste management projects in countries in the global South. Using a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach, Kattan works on all stages of the project cycle:

• Technical feasibility
• Socio-economic studies
• Evaluations
• Sector policies and strategies
• Capacity-building

We respond to energy transition-related challenges using sustainable, long-lasting and decentralised solutions.

Why Kattan?

Our work focuses on energy in complex regions that are not connected to the main energy channels. To this end, this name denotes feats of strength, both in terms of engineering and ingenuity.
This is why we have adopted the Wolof term Kattan, which means strength and energy. Resounding and forceful, the word lends itself to what we do.
This name also embodies the group’s promise to enable remote communities to gain access to energy.

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