Melanesia's Million Miracle Programme (M3P)
Department of Energy in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; NGOs, Women Groups, Sunlabob Renewable Energy and BizClim
The partnership aimed at bringing the miracle of electricity to one million people in Melanesia within 5 years of 2014-2020. This equates to making the wonders of electricity accessible to 82,500 rural households in PNG, 68,380 in the Solomon Islands and 26,625 in Vanuatu. (This is a total of 177,505 households bringing direct benefit to 1,065,030 people, using 6 people as an average family size). It is to assist to bridge the existing gap on the access to modern energy services between the urban and rural areas and/or households in the three participating countries (PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu). It also contributes to the achievement of MDG in these countries. The access to the national utility grid in these countries is very low compared to other PICs. Access is as low as 12% in PNG, 14% in the SI and 28% in Vanuatu.
Sustainable Development Benefits for SIDS:
1.Reduce the reliance and spending on fossil fuel and phase out the use of kerosene lamps;
2.Reduce poverty and improve the welfare of 1 million households in the rural areas of PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu through an appropriate rural electrification programme that is conducive to the social and economic environment of the target communities; and
3.Economic empowerment of local NGOs and communities, particularly women, to engage on income generating activities and enterprises;