Mrs Jacqueline Hampako Musonda
Director Strategy and Planning
Rural Electrification Authority Zambia
W : www.rea.org.zm
Industry / Sector
Power & Energy
Mrs. Jacqueline Hampako-Musonda is currently employed as the Director Strategy and Planning for the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Zambia. She has over thirteen (13) years work experience in the energy sector in Zambia, particularly in the rural electrification space.
She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom (UK), a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (major) and Statistics (minor) and a Post-Graduate Qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) both from the University of Zambia as well as a Diploma in Insurance.
She has vast practical experience in managing and coordinating rural electrification project investment appraisals, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of rural electrification projects, strategic planning and management, community mobilisation of projects, environmental impact assessments, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in renewable energy off-grid systems, project stakeholder management, project management and information and communication technology (ICT) among others.
The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) is a statutory body created through an Act of Parliament, the Rural Electrification Act No. 20 of 2003. The Authority is mandated to provide electricity infrastructure rural areas using various technological options to contribute to improved living standards of the rural populations. The Rural Electrification Act No. 20 of 2003 also established the Rural Electrification Fund which has 3 main funding streams which include an appropriation by the parliament, electricity levy and any monies that may come to the Fund in form of loans, grants and donations.
REA is currently operating under its fourth (4th) Strategic Plan 2019-2021 whose vision is “A Provider of sustainable electrification for all rural communities” while its mission is “To facilitate access to electricity in rural areas to contribute to improved living standards and enhanced economic opportunities”. The Authority employs various technological options in the implementation of the rural electrification programme. The technological options include grid extension, Mini hydro-power, Solar Photo-voltaic (PV) and mini-grid systems , biomass and wind among other renewable energy technologies.
In order to guide the implementation if its programme, REA uses the Rural Electrification Master Plan (REMP) as a main source of projects. The REMP was developed by the government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) with assistance from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The REMP has set ambitious targets to electrify 1,217 Rural Growth Centres (RGCs) across the country in order to raise the electrification rate from 3.1% in 2008 to 51% by the year 2030. In order to achieve the targets set in the REMP, an estimated total resource envelope of US$1.1 billion for 22 years which is equivalent to about US$50 million per annum is required. With this in mind, REA recognises that it cannot implement this mammoth mandate of increasing access to electricity on its own and has therefore set private sector participation in the rural electrification programme through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) business model as well as resource mobilization as important cornerstones to the achievement of the targets sets in REMP as increasing electricity access rate from 3.1% in 2008 to 51% by the year 2030.