Rural Electrification


The Rural Electrification Division is one of the three divisions in the Department of Energy Affairs. The objective of MAREP is to increase access to electricity for people in peri-urban and rural areas as part of Government’s effort to reduce poverty, transform rural economies, improve productivity and improve the quality of social services as required under the Rural Electrification Act of 2004.This programme started in 1980 with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) as the implementing agency through donor and own financing. Later on Government took over implementation of the programme in 1995 and the Department of Energy Affairs (DOE) was appointed implementing agency.


The programme is executed in Phases. Since MAREP inception, eight phases have been implemented. This involved extending power distribution lines to district administration centres, major trading centres, tobacco growing areas and the development of the 4.5 Mega Watt Wovwe Hydro Electric Power Plant. Activities of MAREP are managed by the Rural Electrification Management Committee (REMAC) and the Department of Energy Affairs as its secretariat. 

The Department of Energy Affairs, implements MAREP with funding from the Rural Electrification Fund (REF). Candidate sites are selected with consultation with all the 27 District Councils across Malawi. Over six hundred trading centres have benefited from the programme across the country., with 336 centres electrified under MAREP phase eight alone. 

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