Electricity access through village grids in rural Senegal – The role of micro-finance
Last registered on April 17, 2019

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Electricity access through village grids in rural Senegal – The role of micro-finance
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004057
Initial registration date
March 26, 2019
Last updated
April 17, 2019 8:15 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
RWI - Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
RWI - Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2014-05-01
End date
2019-10-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The lack of access to electricity hampers economic development and for many years countries in Sub-Saharan Africa pursued an agenda of increasing electricity access in rural areas. However, the evidence on impacts of electrification is partly disappointing. Studies have recently shown that electrification does not automatically lead to economic development in the form of employment and enterprise creation. It is often argued that it is the absence of complementary services such as access to formal micro-credits that impedes higher and especially productive consumption. In cooperation with a Senegalese MFI we randomly promoted micro-finance products in villages that were electrified under the village grid program called Electrification Rurale au Sénégal (ERSEN). Hence, we investigate the role of micro-finance as an important complementary factor in already electrified communities.

Additionally, we investigate whether a hands-off microfinance intervention can increase financial inclusion in rural areas. In 2016 we agreed with the MFI on a procedure on how to approach treatment villages. Afterwards we purposely backed off from the intervention and let the MFI handle the implementation without monitoring their actions or intervening at any point. This approach significantly reduces the costs of the intervention and it could easily be replicated or scaled-up.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Peters, Jörg, Julian Rose and Michael Toman. 2019. "Electricity access through village grids in rural Senegal – The role of micro-finance." AEA RCT Registry. April 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4057/history/45080
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2016-12-01
Intervention End Date
2017-03-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
We look at the following key outcomes:
- having a bank account on household level
- having a credit on household level
- having a bank account on enterprise level
- having a credit on enterprise level
- number of appliances for enterprises
- number of enterprises on village level
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
For this study, we partnered with a Senegalese micro-finance institution to actively promote micro-finance products. The financial products were promoted in villages that were electrified under the village grid program called Electrification Rurale au Sénégal (ERSEN). A subsample of 86 villages has been drawn out of this population to participate in this study. In a random subset of 44 villages U-IMCEC started to actively promote micro-finance products between December 2016 and March 2017.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization was done on village level using a stratified re-randomization approach by a computer.
Randomization Unit
On village level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
86 villages.
Sample size: planned number of observations
1500 Households (we conduct a very short interview with 25 percent households in each village; additionally we conduct five more in-depth interviews) 600 Enterprises (we conduct short interviews with all enterprises on each village, additionally we conduct three more in-depth interviews)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
43 treatment villages, 43 control villages
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Analysis Plan
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