Aiming for a moving target: The dynamics of household electricity access in a developing context

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Show simple item record Harris, Tom Collinson, Mark Wittenberg, Martin 2016-11-17T16:40:11Z 2016-11-17T16:40:11Z 2016-11
dc.identifier.citation Harris, T., Collinson, M.A., Wittenberg, M. (2016). Aiming for a moving target: The dynamics of household electricity access in a developing context. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 195 and DataFirst Technical Paper 32. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-56-6
dc.description.abstract We investigate household electricity access in a poor rural setting in South Africa, showing that the acquisition of connections is not the simple monotonic process often assumed in the literature. We argue that changes in household electricity access are a complex and changing outcome of two key time-varying processes: (1) net connections (new connections less disconnections) and (2) household formation and dissolution dynamics. In particular, we show that migration can occur in ways which either improves or worsens access. Even for households that stay in place we observe many disconnections. Therefore, in their efforts to improve access to electricity, governments in developing countries may in fact be aiming for a moving target – if the infrastructure is provided in places from which people are migrating, if many new households are being formed in un-serviced areas, or if existing connections are being lost. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is based on research supported by the National Research Foundation (ESRC-NRF International Centre Partnership, Ref ICPC150423117553). Any opinion, finding and conclusion or recommendation expressed in this material is that of the author(s) and the NRF does not accept any liability in this regard. We acknowledge the invaluable data and unreserved support of the Medical Research Council/ University of the Witwatersrand Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), and the engaged communities in which the research has taken place. Funding is gratefully acknowledged from Economic Research Southern African (scholarship to T.Harris), the SARChI chair in Poverty and Inequality Research (scholarship to T. Harris), the University of the Witwatersrand; South African Medical Research Council and National Research Foundation; the Wellcome Trust, UK, (Grants 058893/Z/99/A; 069683/Z/02/Z; 085477/Z/08/Z), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the NIH, and The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, USA. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;195
dc.subject Electricity access en_US
dc.subject Energy en_US
dc.subject Service delivery en_US
dc.subject Household formation en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Aiming for a moving target: The dynamics of household electricity access in a developing context en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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