Rwanda - Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II)

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Sep 2018
Signature Date 16 Oct 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 182,538,218.43
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The second phase of the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program (SEAP II) in Rwanda, is a three-year Results Based Financing (RBF) program starting in 2018 with the loan allocation as follows: 28.05% to improve power system reliability, 64.48 % to increase on-grid access, 3.80 % to increase offgrid access, 2.67% to strengthen institutions and for capacity building and technical assistance. This is the first operation of its kind designed to use the RBF instrument on a pilot basis. The intervention has been prepared in response to a formal request submitted by the GoR in April 2018 where they expressed readiness to pilot the RBF and in a revised version of July 2018 where they applied to allocate more resources for the program. The RBF will cover the first three years of the Energy Sector Strategy Plan (ESSP)’s period (2018-2024), for an amount of EUR229.2M or about 8.1% of the ESSP financing. The expansion and rehabilitation of the distribution network as well as the improvements in reliability will contribute to making more electricity available for consumers in the region.

Project Objectives

The SEAP-II Program Development Objective(s) are to improve the power supply reliability, increase on and off grid access in Kigali city and in the Southern and Western provinces and enhance institutional capacity for effective implementation of the government’s electrification program.


The primary program beneficiaries include: (i) more than 193,366 customers who will be connected to the grid and benefit from a more reliable energy source; (ii) 124,800 low income customers who will be provided with SHSs; (iii) existing industrial, commercial and productive-use customers who will benefit from increased quality of service because of improved power system reliability; (iv) local contractors for supply and installation; and (v) the local population to benefit from increased employment opportunities during the project implementation. The increased access to electricity will benefit both women and men, with the expectation that 52% of beneficiaries/people will be women. It is anticipated that off-grid solutions will provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs and improve the welfare, income generation and empowerment of women and children – girls in particular – in rural areas.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-RW-FA0-016
Last Update 02 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name MTALIMANJA Tione Ivor

Geographic Location

Country Rwanda
Coordinates Location Name
-1.94995 30.0589 Kigali