Projects executed at RWI


The ecol team members have led part of their projects as researchers at RWI Essen.

  • Date: since 2006
  • Client: various, including Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), World Bank and the Netherland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sample of projects executed at RWI

The following is a sample of projects executed at RWI. An exhaustive list of projects grouped by thematic area can be found below.


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  • Impacts of Rural Electrification

    Electrification interventions have been an important pillar in infrastructure development in developing countries throughout the last 60 years. Energy is seen as a critical component, if not prerequisite, for economic development and the alleviation of poverty in terms of such diverse manifestations as deprived health, education, and livelihoods in general. However, there is still little empirical evidence to substantiate these impact pathways. Against this background, in various projects we investigated the impacts of electrification on households as the ultimate beneficiaries.

Access to Electricity in Rural Senegal through Standalone Solar Power Systems 2016
Impact Evaluation of the Rwandan Electricity Access Roll-out Programme 2011-2014
Impacts of Pico-photovoltaic Systems Usage on the Energy Poor – A Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural Rwanda 2011-2013
Electrification through Micro Hydro Power Sites in Rural Indonesia 2010-2014
Impacts of Solar Home System Usage in Rural Burkina Faso 2010-2013
Evaluation of Grid Densification in Maputo Province, Mozambique 2008-2011
Evaluating Electrification Interventions in Developing Countries 2006-2011
On-grid Rural Electrification in Developing Countries 2006-2009


  • Impacts of Productive Electricity Use Interventions

    Expectations among practitioners in electrification projects as well as energy experts in international cooperation partner countries and donor organisations are particularly high related to the benefits of what is referred to as the productive use of electricity: Electricity is seen as a crucial means to remove barriers on the local level that hamper economic growth and thereby also as a key for the sustainability of other poverty-alleviating impacts of electrification projects. However, there is still little empirical evidence to substantiate these impact pathways. Against this background, in various projects we investigated the impacts of productive electricity use.

Productive Use of Electricity (PRODUSE) 2007-2013
Impacts of Productive Use of Electricity and Industrial Zones Development in Ghana 2011-2012


  • Impacts of Improved Cooking Stoves

    More than a third of the world’s population relies on traditional cooking with woodfuels, mostly in developing countries, causing financial and workload burdens on households as well as detrimental implications for people’s health and the environment. Efficiency-enhancing improved biomass cooking stoves (ICS) have long been the evident instrument to simultaneously counter these adverse aspects induced by traditional cooking. In various projects, we evaluated the socio-economic and environmental impacts of ICS.

Local Beer Production in Urban Burkina Faso – Impacts of Improved Brewing Processes on Firewood Consumption 2010-2013
Impact Evaluation of Improved Stove Use in Burkina Faso – FAFASO 2010-2012
Randomized Free Distribution of Improved Cooking Stoves in Rural Senegal 2009-2011
Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination in Urban Senegal 2009-2010


  • Advisory for Energy and Climate Programmes and Interventions

    Beyond the implementation of impact evaluation assignments, we also advised in a couple of projects on evaluating in the context of development interventions.

Rigorous Evaluation Design for GIZ Morocco – Climate Change Adaptation 2014-2016
Capacity Development in Impact Evaluation for Mozambican Researchers 2012
Conceptual Design of the Impact Monitoring in the Second Phase of the Dutch-German Energy Partenership Energising Development 2009
Monitoring GTZ Rural Electrification Interventions in Benin 2006-2008


  • Further Energy-related Assignments

    Further projects brought us to more generally investigate energy-related topics or assess impacts of other energy intervention types, such as biogas.

Full Life-cycle Trial Periods as a Way to Stimulate the Adoption of more Efficient Bioenergy Technologies in Rural Senegal 2015-2018
Payment over time and willingness to pay for off-grid solar technologies. A field experiment in rural Rwanda 2015-2016
Improved Cookstoves and Pico-PV Interventions: Impacts on Employment and Income along the Value Chain 2014-2015
Energiesparen in privaten Haushalten – ein Randomized Controlled Trial zur Wirkungsevaluierung einer Endverbrauchersensibilisierung 2014-2015
Impact Evaluation of Energy and Development Cooperation Supported by the Netherlands 2009-2014
Systematic Review on Access to Electricity in Developing Countries 2013-2014
Impact Evaluation of the Indonesian Domestic Biogas Programme (IDBP) 2011-2012
Independent Evaluation of Development Interventions by GTZ 2007-2008


  • Further Infrastructure-related Assignments

    Beyond energy, we are also conducting studies on other infrastructure sectors such as water.

The socioeconomic and environmental impact of Konkan Railways 2016-2019
The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Global, Nile Basin and Local Case Studies Of Resource Use Efficiency 2015-2016
Impact Evaluation of the Intelligent Water Management Project Colombia 2014-2018


  • Impacts of Microfinance

Impact Evaluation of Financial Linkages in Rwanda – Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Rural Africa (POWER Africa) 2014-2017
Electrification and Micro-Finance in Rural Senegal 2013-2016
Access to Housing Micro-Finance in Uganda and Kenya 2014-2017


  • Further Assignments

    Beyond energy, we executed projects on other types of service provision interventions as well.

Auswirkungen von Corporate Governance Strukturen auf die Leistungsfähigkeit von Wasserversorgungsunternehmen und die Gesundheitssituation ihrer Verbraucher GTZ 2008