Before planning a mini-grid project, developers need to understand the local context. A project that works in one community might fail in another. Involving the community helps projects meet local energy needs and can create new opportunities for improving livelihoods. Projects without local support may not be financially sustainable and may cause conflict among community members.
This module describes approaches for engaging the local community (including women and other marginalized groups), how to assess a community’s energy needs, how to assess community support, types of conflicts that might arise and how to measure social benefits and impacts of a mini-grid project.