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What Our Partners are Saying:
“The benefit of association is important and significant. Our business partners are taking us more seriously the fact that we are part of this initiative.”
— Gilman Kasiga, CEO, EA Power
“It has been critical to our success that Power Africa provides access to several arms of the American government, streamlining the process for developers on the ground so that we do not have to approach multiple agencies independently, but have Power Africa at the center directing our advocacy across agencies.”
— Richard Herbert, CEO, Aeolus Kenya
Initiative Built on Partnership
Partnership is at the core of Power Africa. Large and small-scale solutions for bringing cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity to sub-Saharan Africa are all grounded in the new model of development that drives Power Africa, which links public and private sector goals and resources, and connects investors and entrepreneurs to business opportunities in Africa.
Power Africa has partnered with many of the leading U.S., African and international private sector companies engaged in the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa, including developers, equipment providers, advisors, energy service providers, financial institutions and investors. Power Africa partners share the U.S. Government’s vision for working together to reach the common goal of increasing access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and are willing to commit their resources and expertise to make this vision a reality.
Benefits of Power Africa Partnership
Power Africa private sector partners receive a variety of benefits from aligning themselves with the initiative, including:
- Streamlined and coordinated access to the 12 Power Africa agencies of the U.S. Government (USG), including through joint meetings with multiple USG agencies
- Open lines of communication to Power Africa staff and transaction advisors on the ground in Power Africa focus countries
- Opportunity to inform Power Africa’s policy reform, transaction advisory and technical assistance efforts aimed at addressing critical constraints to power sector development and investment
- Review of the partner’s project pipeline to identify opportunities for potential support of Power Africa agencies (for a summary of the types of support available from USG agencies visit http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/partners/us-government-agencies
- Consideration for technical assistance under the Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Program managed by USAID
- Connections to other members of the Power Africa network, including other private sector partners, Power Africa partner governments and partner donors such as the World Bank and African Development Bank
- Invitations to Power Africa-related events
- Profile in a quarterly Power Africa newsletter
- Recognition as partner on Power Africa website and in Power Africa publications
- Positive public relations and enhanced profile that come with connection to the respected Power Africa brand
Expectations of Partners
Partnering with Power Africa begins by providing a written commitment of support that outlines how the partner will advance Power Africa’s goals. Thereafter, it is expected that a partner will actively engage with the initiative, including through collaborating on specific projects, sharing information on project opportunities, identifying constraints to project development and investment, participating in constructive dialogue with governments to support necessary reforms, and providing periodic updates on its progress toward the goals set forth in its commitment.
Limitations on Partnership
While there are many benefits to becoming a Power Africa partner, partners will not receive any favorable treatment with respect to acquisition and assistance instruments that may be awarded by USG agencies and are not guaranteed support from USG agencies for the partner’s projects or business, whether in the form of financing, technical assistance, advocacy or otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do to become a Power Africa partner?
Power Africa is interested in continuing to add partners that are aligned with the mission of the initiative and will add significant value to the initiative’s efforts. As a first step, please express your interest in partnering through the Power Africa website here: http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/partner-power-africa. A member of the Power Africa team will reach out to you to further understand your interest in the initiative and explore how best Power Africa and your organization might collaborate. If there appears to be a strong fit, your organization may be invited to provide a letter of commitment expressing your support for Power Africa and setting forth the specific activities you intend to pursue in furtherance of Power Africa’s objectives (e.g., investing $___, developing ___ MWs, providing energy access to ___ people).
- By becoming a Power Africa partner, do all of the partner’s transactions or projects become official “Power Africa transactions”?
No. All transactions or projects are reviewed independently and are selected based on their merit, alignment with Power Africa goals and priorities, and the requirements of relevant Power Africa agencies. Each agency has its own internal processes and criteria to review projects and decides independently whether and how to engage on partner projects.
- How does my project become a Power Africa project?
See the answer to #2 above. While subject to the limitations set forth in #2 above, the Power Africa team, including our transaction advisors and embassy staff on the ground, can streamline your engagement with the Power Africa USG agencies and utilize the biweekly interagency Power Africa Working Group meeting to share new project opportunities with a broad audience.
- I’m interested in finding companies to partner with. Is there a network of Power Africa partners I can access (in the U.S. and in-country)?
A key strength of the Power Africa initiative is the diverse and high quality group of Power Africa partners. We are frequently introducing partners and facilitating dialogue among our partners, which has resulted in significant collaboration opportunities and the development of strong working relationships within the network. We are currently exploring additional approaches that could further expand collaboration and information sharing within the Power Africa network.
- What kind(s) of support does Power Africa provide that my company might access and how?
In addition to the support listed in the “Benefits of Power Africa Partnership” section above, the USG has a variety of tools and resources available to assist Power Africa partners and their projects (see a summary at http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/partners/us-government-agencies).
- Are there different criteria for companies that focus on smaller, rural, off- and/or mini-grid solutions since both the financial requirements and total MWs are generally significantly less than for large, on-grid projects?
Companies that focus on smaller scale, rural, off- and/or mini-grid solutions are important partners to Power Africa as they directly address energy access issues. We have a large number of such partners supporting our Beyond the Grid sub-initiative (see http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/beyond-the-grid) for more information). Despite the differences in focus and scale, the process and considerations for becoming a Power Africa partner are the same for all potential partners (see the answer to #1 above).
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Power Africa shifts to a transaction-centered approach that provides host governments, the private sector, and donors with incentives to galvanize collaboration, provide near-term results, and drive systemic reforms that will facilitate future investment.
We welcome your interest in Power Africa. For business and government, Power Africa offers a variety of tools to help realize projects in the African power sector. Partner governments in Africa may establish delivery units that can help to expedite transactions, and the USG will support this process. Meanwhile, for investors and developers, Power Africa brings together the financing, insurance, technical assistance and grant tools across the U.S. government to help bring power and transmission projects to fruition. Field-based transaction advisors, who have already begun their work in each of the partner countries, will help governments prioritize, coordinate, and expedite the implementation of power projects, while simultaneously building the capacity of existing host government ministries to deliver results.
If you are a business working in (or considering) the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa, we invite you to contact us. Power Africa currently has 23 Founding Partners in the private sector and we look forward to adding to the list. Please fill out the form below to partner with Power Africa or to request other information.
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Last updated: August 05, 2014