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Senegal: sustainable development: a lesson from solar project

Drawing lessons from a donor-funded solar project in rural Senegal, Afromusing discusses Bottom Up vs Top Down approach to development projects: “The project had good intentions it appears, what with the powerful image of a hut with a solar panel on its roof. As reported on the article, the project is devolving into an unsustainable mess, with only 30% of the people paying the fees for the photovoltaic systems, and ongoing maintenance problems due to lack of money to change the batteries and keep the parts working properly.”

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