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“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It’s the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs. And it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy.”
- President Barack Obama, Remarks at University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013
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First Power Africa Transaction Moves Forward with Landmark Agreement between Ethiopian Government and Reykjavik Geothermal
The Corbetti project is part of the Power Africa Initiative announced by President Obama this past summer which seeks to add more than 10,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity in six priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A key thrust of the Power Africa strategy is to accelerate the development of the vast and renewable geothermal potential in the Rift Valley which extends through both Ethiopia and Kenya.
The United States Government's Power Africa Initiative Celebrates the Government of Nigeria's hand-over of power companies to the private sector
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Maria Brewer said today that "the United States Government is proud to have contributed to this historic handover of power companies to the private sector and congratulates the Government of Nigeria (GON) on achieving a very important milestone in the liberalization of the power sector." The comments were made in response to the Presidential handover of the Licenses and Share Certificates to the new owners of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor generation and distribution companies.
The Center for Global Development was pleased to host USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah for a discussion of the US partnership with Africa. Shah was just back from accompanying President Obama in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, where the president outlined a vision for US-Africa relations that puts a premium on economic opportunity, democracy, and African-led approaches to development.
Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz' discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Panelists spoke about President Obama’s recent trip to Africa and his “Power Africa” initiative, which would provide $7 billion to double access to electric power in the sub-Saharan region of the continent.
New York Times
U.S. President Barack Obama ended his Africa trip Tuesday, voicing confidence in Africa's future with help from a new U.S. model for development assistance.
(Kulish, Shear, NYT)
President Obama called on Monday for a new partnership with Africa, one that would help sustain its recent run of tremendous economic growth while broadening the rewards to as many people as possible.
Alex Adrian, a carpenter at Yasir Ahmed Hardware, proudly brought out his newest purchase on Monday afternoon, a small lamp with a square solar panel to charge it
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- Power Africa Overview (PDF - 1 MB)
- U.S. Government Support Capabilities (pdf,63kb)
- U.S. Government Support Capabilities: Summary Table (pdf, 57kb)
- Fact Sheet: Power Africa
- Power Africa: Bridging Access To Electricity: Kojo Nnamdi Show
- Andrew Herscowitz, USEA Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum: US Energy Association
- The big idea behind Power Africa: Devex
- President Obama tells AGOA Forum: "Power Africa Helps Spark New Investment in Africa"
Last updated: February 14, 2014