To find lasting solutions, to some of sub-Saharan Africa’s economic, social and political problems, is to profoundly reinvent the business of rural community development, from bottom up and at local community levels.
In the West Nile sub-region, of north western Uganda, Project Green Villages Africa Institute, is positioning itself, in working together with local communities, to reconstitute, reform, revamp and revolutionize, the development narrative of rural communities, across the sub-region, through prudent social investments, in massive education, skills training, human resource development, deployment and harnessing.
An integrated and sustainable rural community development can be widely achieved, through further social investments, in effectively and efficiently harnessing the power of the sun and wind, to produce, clean, affordable, reliable, dependable and sustainable electricity, from these and other renewable energy sources.
With the advent of off-grid or micro grid electricity supply, through a combination of solar and wind power, we can be assured of reliable and dependable source of renewable energy, to power rural agricultural communities, to a new and higher level of economic, social and as well as political advancement, progress and prosperity, with or without any government participation or direct involvement.
With plenty of clean electric power supply, highly affordable and readily available to all rural farming communities, agricultural activities and agri-businesses can be further diversified, by investing in small and medium size cottage industries, for light manufacturing and processing of locally produced crops and farm animals.
Investing in new technologies, innovation, equipment and machinery, will create hundreds of new and exciting jobs and provide much needed employment, for rural communities, especially women and youth.
Income levels of rural households will dramatically increase. This will eventually lead to improving conditions and standards of living, by effectively alleviating and reducing poverty levels, improving nutrition and hygiene, giving more people the opportunity to access better healthcare services, for medical treatments, affording families to invest in better housing, with improved and sustainable sanitation and wellness. Better education for school age children, will become increasingly affordable, as more families will earn better incomes, as wages will be expected to increase.
Life in rural communities will be expected to change dramatically and with it will change migration patterns, as more youth will return to rural communities, from urban centres, in search of available jobs, especially in newly established cottage industries, for light manufacturing and processing of agricultural produce.
A totally new life will be born in rural communities. There will be plenty of jobs and lots of money to be made, for those who will work hard. With more and more money circulating around, new and improved social services will spring up across the sub-region.
There will be plenty of affordable electricity, making life a lot easier, for rural communities, who will benefit enormously, through use of house hold appliances and equipment, which was once the preserve of rich urbanites.
Solar and wind power are the way forward, among other sources of renewable energy, for rural agricultural communities, not only in the West Nile sub-region of north western Uganda, but the whole of rural Africa, especially rural sub-Saharan Africa.
The potential to shift and change the dynamics of rural community development are enormous, with endless opportunities and possibilities, for everybody involved, from private sector investors and governments, to NGOs, civil society groups and local communities.
Indeed, this is a new era of civilization for rural community living, in a much more sustainable way, in which to conserve and protect the natural environment, by effectively mitigating impacts of climate change and removing carbon footprint effectively.