ESF Consultants was contracted by the government of Rwanda through financing from International Development Association (IDA) toward the cost of the Urgent Electricity Rehabilitation Project (UERP). The project is being jointly financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The project intended to mitigate the power crisis in Rwanda and to help to restore good utility practice for its installations.
The project involved Power System Reinforcement, consisting of priority investments in new generation capacity as well as network rehabilitation and strengthening technical assistance and capacity building, aimed at strengthening planning, regulatory and implementation capabilities of the main sector institutions and provide project implementation support; and Domestic Resources Development, to finance investments in high priority micro-hydro based independent grids as well as preparatory activities for the future increments in generation investments, primarily for Electrogaz.
ESF assisted the Rwanda electricty utility company in fulfilling its obligations under the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) to improve performance of either framework during UERP implementation, recommend improvements to the project and the World Bank, developing and implement an internal administrative tracking system for Project Coordination Unit (PCU) in order to monitor the progress of project investments in terms of meeting environment and social safeguard requirements. ESF Consultants developed a systems which will include the planning, assessment, approval, implementation and monitoring phases of UERP investments.