Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #136

Evaluating Rural Electrification Projects - Methodological Approaches

by Jörg Peters

RWI, 09/2009, 27 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-151-7



In recent years, the international community has expanded efforts in programme evaluation to improve the accountability of development projects. This paper presents approaches to implementing state-of-the-art evaluations in rural electrification projects, taking into account specific challenges that researchers face in such interventions. Furthermore, it suggests a particular approach to assess impacts before an intervention is implemented by surveying the yet non-electrified target region of the project and, in addition, an already electrified region. Besides delivering robust evidence on impacts, results from such ex-ante evaluations provide insights for the project design, thereby reducing the gap between evaluation researchers and practitioners.

JEL-Classification: O12, O22, C31, C81

Keywords: Impact evaluation; ex-ante impact assessment; electricity access; rural development

Published as:

Peters, J. (2009), Evaluating Rural Electrification Projects: Methodological Approaches. Well-Being and Social Policy 5 (2): 25-40.