Profile: Energy and Transport

Extending Access Off-grid

Based on survey data and interviews with experts, Internet solutions have generated little within the energy and transport sectors in our focus countries, but two types of solutions offer potential. Citywide traffic monitoring can help governments allocate traffic police. By easing installment payments, mMoney can ease asset financing for solar equipment in unelectrified rural areas. The former requires significant government involvement, while private sector could drive the latter, once the government has sufficient legal protection for mMoney.

Impact intensity and future potential for internet-enabled services in energy and transport

Energy Scorecard

By easing installment payments and monitoring usage, internet-enabled solutions have the potential to increase access to and reduce expenditure on energy


Information management


Communications, awareness, marketing


Supply chain management


Service delivery




workforce development





Low Low
Med Med
High High

Heat mapping based on perceived sector need, perceived
national need and of current activity in the country.

Dalberg report sector intensity

An emerging model in Kenya, M-Kopa, is extending financing for off-grid solar electrification in partnership with Safaricom’s M-Pesa and has shown rapid sales since coming to market

Socioeconomic impacts:
Daily expenditure on power
Nearly halves, in Kenyan shillings

Socioeconomic impacts

Multiple mobile applications have emerged in Kenya and Nairobi that crowd source traffic information to allow individuals to select more efficient routes, systemically helping relieve congestion


In all four countries consumers can view their electricity bills online, in Senegal & Kenya customers can also immediately pay them online

Dalberg report selected analysis
  • Policymakers should ensure that mMoney can be used for commercial transactions rather than just person-to-person transactions. Continued use and promotion of online payments could both increase revenue for government while reducing costs (through convenience) for citizens.
  • By aggregating public data and making it widely available to developers, government can spur the growth of applications that will improve the use of public services. E.g. government can improve the use of existing roads by collecting traffic data and making it available to developers.
  • Governments should use their leverage to engage telecom companies in the fight against traffic jams.
Dalberg report considerations