Household Energy Access Assessment in DRC

The objective of this project is to analyze access to energy (electricity and cooking solution) in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The study has been implemented by APIDE, a local NGO working in the regions of Kitutu, Kaituga, and Mwenga, in the eastern part of the country, about 150 km from the border with Burundi and Rwanda.

Data collection, processing, and visualization have been supported by the HEDERA Impact Toolkit This digital report has been created as a jupyter-book.

Relevant information concerning the use, associated costs, and various attributes of access to electricity and cooking solutions has been collected from households APIDE is working with in rural and remote areas, using the HEDERA collect mobile app based on the OpenDataKit open-source framework. The HEDERA Impact Toolkit allows institutions to efficiently establish a baseline for monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and track the progress thereof, following, for example, the Multi-tier Framework (MTF) for SDG7, recently established by The World Bank, and the Progress out of Energy Poverty Index (PEPI) N. Realpe, PhD Thesis 2017.


HEDERA provided a mobile application for data collection, as well as digital material for remote training. Members of APIDE field staff were trained during a one-day workshop (held by one member of the organization). During 10 days, more than 220 data point were collected (household rosters, electricity assessment, cooking solution assessment).

You can also visit the full report of this case study.

Collection overview


The Map allows to visualize the location of the collected GPS data. Missing data points are displayed with coordinated (0,0)

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Data per location

Data have been collected in three different areas in Eastern DRC.


Dates of Collection

The following figure shows the amount of surveys per day


Average Duration

Average survey duration per day was on average between 5 and 27 minutes.

Note: Some interviews only covered the household roster and are therefore much shorter.


Electricity Access Attributes


Primary Electricity Sources


Household Appliances


MTF Electricity Index vs. Primary Source


Access to Modern Cooking Solutions Attributes


Primary Cooking Stoves


MTF Index (Access to Cooking Solutions) vs. Primary Cooking Fuel