Malawi Off Grid And Phone Charging Survey

Survey results of household lighting technologies, habits and expenditure in Malawi

Household solar products offer the best potential for rapidly increasing access to modern energy services in households living off the electricity grid in the world. Technological advances bringing increased quality and lower prices, coupled with business innovation has enabled a boom in the household solar industry - 7.5 million quality-verified solar lights have been sold in Africa. The products provide bright light and mobile phone charging, and the cheapest are now available for just $8.

Alternative methods of lighting such as kerosene, candles and torches provide low-quality light and are damaging to health, are dangerous, and actually more expensive than modern electric lighting. However modern products are yet to gain a significant market share in Malawi.  Furthermore, relatively little is known about off-grid consumers lighting and phone charging habits.

A study was therefore needed to understand the household off-grid lighting penetration, usage, behaviour and attitudes to stimulate conversation that would lead to the development of the household solar lighting sector in the country. The specific objectives of the study were to:

  • Raise the profile of the off-grid market amongst key stakeholders (private sector, government, financial service providers, media, solar lighting businesses)

  • Highlight the opportunity for private sector growth in the off-grid lighting and charging market

  • Encourage further private sector investment through improving the understanding of consumers

    This study explores key consumer insights:

  • What are the prevalent lighting technologies and how they are used.

  • Lighting and phone charging habits and expenditure

  • Awareness and perceptions of household solar products

    Methodology:

    A nationally representative survey covering 7 districts randomly selected from Northern, Central and South regions was carried out.  Data was collected face to face, in-home using computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI) method of data collection. The questionnaire was structured and programmed onto hand-held devices.

  • The sample was purposive, off-grid, constituting n=513 respondents/households. Households and respondents were randomly selected. Individuals with a grid connection were excluded in the sample.

  • The respondent was either head of the household, spouse, or any other adult member.

  • The survey was conducted in February and March 2016.

Please use the link below to access the full report.

http://www.bifprogramme.org/sites/default/files/attachments/malawi_off_grid_and_phone_charging_survey.pdf

Project Details

Country
Sectors
Low-income focus

Resources

RCT findings from a garment factory upgrading programme in Burma

As part of its work in Myanmar's garment market, BIF provided garment factories with training on productivity and human resource management. The effectiveness of this training was measured through a randomised controlled trial led by an independent academic institution. This paper presents the findings from the RCT and associated lessons learnt which may be of particular interest to donor programmes considering a similar intervention.

BIF Myanmar inclusive tourism products map

This map provides the location and details of tourism products and packages supported with grants and technical assistance through BIF's Tourism Product and Package Innovation Competition.

How to maximise the benefits of garment factory training for your business, your workers and the industry

A 'how to' guide for garment factory managers and owners demonstrating the business case for investing in factory improvement services, and outlining some practical steps on how to implement change and access support.

BIF Toolkit - How to Set Up a Travel Hub [Myanmar Version]

Are you interested in setting up a Travel Hub? Read on! A Travel Hub is a place where visitors can get accurate information about accommodation, transportation, local activities and, where appropriate, Myanmar-wide travel. Travel Hubs are located in places that tourists typically congregate - coffee shops, motorbike rental shops or restaurants. They are designed to provide an additional stream of revenue to a business that already has a reliable client base of tourists. Furthermore, host businesses benefit from enhanced marketing, capacity building for staff and potentially becoming part of a nation-wide network.

The Business Case for Factory Improvement Services in Myanmar [Chinese language]

As part of its work in Myanmar’s garment sector, BIF provided garment factories with training and consulting services on productivity and Human Resource (HR) management. Fourteen factories participated in the training, the headline results of which are detailed in this two-page document.

The Business Case for Factory Improvement Services in Myanmar [Myanmar language]

As part of its work in Myanmar’s garment sector, BIF provided garment factories with training and consulting services on productivity and Human Resource (HR) management. Fourteen factories participated in the training, the headline results of which are detailed in this two-page document.

Our Partners