600 million people, 70% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity.
On June 30, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa, President Barack Obama announced Power Africa — an initiative to increase the number of people with access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.
Power Africa is working with African governments, the private sector, and other partners to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity as well as increase electricity access by adding 60 million new home and business connections throughout all of sub-Saharan Africa.
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By pooling and leveraging commitments of governments and private sector partners, Power Africa provides the tools needed to overcome the barriers that have constrained Africa’s power sector, and its economic growth and development.
To date, Power Africa has leveraged more than $20 billion from the private sector for new on and off-grid projects in sub-Saharan Africa, meaning that every dollar the U.S. Government has committed to Power Africa has already leveraged almost three dollars in private sector investment commitments.
Learn more about Power Africa's public, private, and country partnerships.
Read the latest edition of Power Africa’s Quarterly Newsletter with updates from the Coordinator, our partners, and featured news and updates. Read
The "In The News" resource provides updates on news coverage focusing on the Power Africa initiative. Read
Features news coverage related to advancements being made in sub-Saharan Africa. Read
This 88 page report reviews the Power Africa goals, model, accomplishments, and next steps for the initiative after the first year. Read
Last updated: April 27, 2015