Access to Electricity Networks

Figures released by Electricidade de Moçambique (Mozambique’s vertically-integrated utility) for 2015 suggest that 91.9% of houses in Maputo are connected to the central grid. The progress in the last two decades has been staggering. However, the development of the electricity network alone is not an automatic guarantee that citizens have access to the electricity network. Positive statistics in Maputo conceal many problems in the actual practices of supply, the institutional arrangements of EDM, and the utility's relationship with the central state and society. The model of network development dominant in cities contrast with the disconnect of certain areas and neighbourhoods, within Maputo and its hinterland.


Our project examined how access to networks is conditioned by an historically configured network, and the institutional legacies that shape everyday practices. The project looks particularly at Maputo because of the achievements of the last two decades in the capital. It also compares the situation in Maputo with other cities in the country (Matola, Pemba, Beira) to examine how regional differences influence the possibilities for accessing the network.

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For previous research on electricity provision as a mediator of relationship between state and society in Mozambique...

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For previous research on energy access practices associated with the implementation of pre-paid electricity meters in Maputo

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