Multifunction Platforms: Energizing Rural Uganda

by Columbia University Engineers Without Borders


Multifunction Platforms (MFPs) are an effective piece of development infrastructure that positively impact the livelihood of rural communities by increasing energy access.

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The past three decades have brought significant distress to Soroti, Uganda through multiple rebel insurgencies, regional conflicts, and cattle raids. With political stability returning to the region, families have begun to leave internally displaced peoples camps to rebuild their farms. A major obstacle to development is limited access to affordable energy. MFPs can provide an effectual energy solution, increase income generation, and reduce repetitive manual labor for women and children.


We have so far installed three MFP units in Soroti. MFPs are comprised of a diesel engine that is attached to various agroprocessing equipment. The project aims to monitor these MFPs to assess the effectiveness and impact in the community.

Long-Term Impact

The MFP pilot program would pioneer the way for new, innovative energy solutions in the region of Soroti, Uganda and eastern Africa at large. Ultimately, the MFP pilot project will be scaled-up for replication throughout the sub-region and Uganda.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

Columbia University Engineers Without Borders

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Jin Wang
Project Leader:
Jin Wang
New York, NY United States

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