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Kenya - Kenya power’s last mile connectivity project - Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF)- Summary
This report presents a summary of the constituent components of the comprehensive Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) which has been carried out for the Last Mile Connectivity Project (LMCP) Phase III. The Government of Kenya has pledged to stimulate economic growth and accelerate job creation to improve the economic wellbeing of Kenyans. Among the many interventions to achieve this is expansion of the power distribution system to be within reach and thus enable more Kenyans connect to the grid at affordable cost and hence initiate economic activities at the micro-economic level. The current trend of network expansion driven by customer demand is approaching saturation. In the foreseeable future there is a likelihood of the annual connectivity stagnating at the 300,000-400,000 level. To jumpstart and accelerate connectivity, a new thinking is needed as happened in 2004. To reduce the cost burden of increased connectivity on KPLC, as well as reduce the amount paid by the customer to connect to the grid, the strategy proposed is to extend the distribution network to as near the customer as possible using external or government funding. This can initially be achieved by extending the low voltage network on existing and other upcoming distribution transformers to reach households lying within transformer protection distance (maximization). This Last Mile Connectivity Project (LMCP) Phase III model would involve installation of new transformers, building low voltage lines both single phase and three phase (to a small extent) along rural access roads.