Burundi - Energy Access Project - Phase 1

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Sep 2021
Signature Date 16 Nov 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 20,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Energy Access Project - Phase 1 is an investment project that is part of Burundi's priority investment operations. This project supplements and consolidates the outcomes of ongoing operations in Burundi’s energy sector. Despite Burundi’s relatively huge energy resources (hydropower, solar, wind), its electricity subsector has a low electricity access rate and significant electricity generation deficit due to low investment. The country’s electricity access rate is one of the lowest in the East African region. In 2019, the rate was 11% in Burundi compared to a regional average of 47%. The situation is even worse in rural areas, where the electricity access rate is almost zero (2% in 2019). However, over the past few years, Burundi, with the support of development partners including the Bank, has made considerable investments in electricity generation and transmission, as well as in interconnection networks, through several national and regional projects. This project covers 36 localities in 23 municipalities spread over 11 provinces of the country. It comprises: (i) the construction of 323 km of 30 kV medium voltage overhead line, 235 km of 0.4 kV low voltage network and the installation of 70 MV/LV substations, (ii) the reinforcement of 60 overloaded MV/LV substations and connection of 26,590 subscribers to the power network. The total project cost is estimated at UA 25.303 million, and the project will be implemented over 60 months (2022-2026).

Project Objectives

The project aims to improve effective electricity supply by reducing energy losses and undistributed energy following the reinforcement of medium/low voltage substations. The elimination of substation overloads will improve the reliability of the electrical power network, leading to increased availability of electricity. In particular, the project intends to finance the connection of 39,885 households (with 26,590 new subscribers) to the transmission network, which represents a 21% increase compared to the number of REGIDESO subscribers for 2018.


The direct beneficiaries of the project will mainly be households, primary and secondary schools, health centres, government offices, places of worship, and markets. The expected outcomes are: (i) higher electricity access rate, (ii) electrification of 36 new localities, (iii) connection of 39,885 new households to the power network, with 187,803 additional inhabitants, 51% of whom are women, (iv) reduced environmental degradation and contribution to climate change mitigation; and (v) job creation and capacity building for the PIU and, more generally, REGIDESO staff. In 2026, the service rate will be 100% in the project area. Therefore, all the projected households (from all social strata) will have access to electricity, which represents a 100% access rate in the project area.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-F00-004
Last Update 02 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name KONE Moussa
Email m.o.kone@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.85 29.6333 Bururi Province
-3.5 29.66667 Province de Mwaro
-2.83333 30.3333 Provense ya Muyinga
-3.125 30.1333 Provense ya Karuzi
-3.13333 30.5833 Provense ya Cankuzo
-3.45 30.3167 Provense ya Ruyigi
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura
-3.9736 29.4386 Rumonge
-3.5 29.95 Gitega Province
-3.86667 30.1 Rutana Province