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Research project highlight: POLARIZE
A political-economic analysis of electricity grid access histories and futures in Mozambique (POLARIZE) aims to improve livelihoods primarily in urban and peri-urban communities. The project will examine the historical-institutional and political-economic factors shaping electricity network development in three cities with differing governance structures. Examining dynamics in rapidly growing urban areas, at the interface of grid-connected and off-grid approaches, will complement previous state-led and donor-supported programs to enhance sustainable energy access. The project aims to develop tools and guidelines that are applicable in the urban global South.
The project is run in partnership with three organisations in Mozambique: the Centre for Research on Governance and Development (CPGD), Observatorio do Meio Rural (OMR) and University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM).