energy for sustainable development

About Us 

method of operation

EDG is guided by the following:

  • A consultative and interactive approach with client groups and communities
  • Local capacity building and empowerment
  • Use of appropriate technologies
  • Sustainability of development processes and projects with special attention to environmental sustainability
  • Sensitivity to gender and other power relations 
  • Commitment to the highest quality of professional standards, both in the work process and in the product


EDG's background is in engineering, applied science, urban and regional planning and training. The members of EDG have experience in research, engineering consulting and contracting, urban planning, low-income housing development, education and training, computer programming and power electronics. We have postgraduate degrees in energy and development studies and urban and regional planning and offer many years of experience working in these areas.


EDG works in association with a number of organisations and individuals with expertise in aspects of development work. These associates cover fields such as rural water provision, participatory development planning, institutional capacity building and human resource development. The members and associates together offer a comprehensive range and depth of experience.


EDG was formed in 1992. Much of the impetus for the formation of EDG arose from the need for consultancy services and implementation capacity in development work. In view of the general lack of these skills in the country, it was felt that the establishment EDG would make these resources more widely available an extend national capacity in the area.
Since its inception, EDG has undertaken numerous significant projects in nine different Southern African countries and has acted as the principal consultant on several multi-million rand projects.