Gender Based Violence (GBV): - Gender-based violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (i.e., gender) differences between males and females. GBV broadly encompasses physical, sexual, economic, psychological/emotional abuse/violence including threats and coercion, and harmful practices occurring between individuals, within families and in the community, at large. These include sexual violence, domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV), trafficking, forced and/or early marriage, and other traditional practices that cause harm. GBV has a greater impact on women and girls, as they are most of often the survivors and suffer of great physical damage than men when victimized (WHO 2005).

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This Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) which has been prepared and will be implemented by Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO) and the Ministry of Finance and Planning, during the preparation and implementation of the Zanzibar Energy Sector Transformation and Access (ZESTA) Project. The proposed project will have three major components. Component 1: Renewable Energy and Storage Infrastructure. This component will finance a solar park with a 10-15MW solar PV plant and a stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The solar PV plant will pilot utility-scale renewable energy development in Zanzibar, and the BESS will support the grid by providing supply needed to meet the evening peak and integrate VRE onto the island grid. In addition, this component will also support the technical design and supervision consultancy for the Solar PV and BESS. The consultancy will undertake feasibility studies, associated environmental and social studies, develop procurement documents, and supervise the construction. Component 2: Grid Modernization and Access Scale-up.

The Zanzibar Electricity Company (ZECO), like many global utilities is undergoing a digital 
transformation to improve financial and operational performance as well as customer service.
ZECO’s digital transformation touches all areas of the business ranging from a smart grid to 
automated processes to a digital contact center.
Revenue Protection, including billing and payment, is an area where “digital” can have a significant 
impact on energy losses while improving speed and accuracy of billings. Inaccurate metering due 
to meter faults or tampering, can lead to understated and under-recovery of billed revenue. To 
address this at Large Power Users (LPU’s), ZECO recently implemented an integrated Hexing 
AMR and Post-Paid Billing System supported by 130 field based, smart meters that transmit realtime consumption data to the AMR system for monitoring, controlling, and billing purposes. The 
AMR/Billing system will create efficiencies in a variety of processes. 
To complete the full implementation of AMR/Billing systems, ZECO intends to use the proceeds 
of the World Bank financed Zanzibar Electricity Sector Transformation and Access Project 
(ZESTA) for the Billing System Integration and Customer Data Migration Project