Power Africa Roadmap

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A Guide to Reaching 30,000 Megawatts and 60 Million Connections

In June 2013, President Barack Obama launched Power Africa, a partnership among the U.S. Government, African governments, bilateral and multilateral development partners, and the private sector to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now in its third year, Power Africa has built the financial and human resource foundation, recruited the partners, and identified specific deal flow to facilitate a clear path to success. We are now partnering with more than 120 public and private sector entities to accelerate power transactions in sub-Saharan Africa.

The United States’ initial $7 billion dollar commitment has leveraged nearly $43 billion in commitments from the public and private sectors, including more than $31 billion in commitments from our private sector partners. Our public sector partners, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank Group (WBG), the Government of Sweden, and the European Union (EU) have collectively committed nearly $12 billion in support of sustainable energy activities across the region.

Most recently, Power Africa signed new partnerships with the Governments of Norway and the United Kingdom (UK). We have also forged strategic partnerships with the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

About the Roadmap

PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNER COMMITMENTS HAVE TRIPLED SINCE 2013 Total commitments, $ billion, as of Q4 2015
Private Sector Partner Commitments have tripled since 2013. Total commitments, $ billion, as of Q4 2015

This Roadmap shows how the collective efforts of Power Africa’s more than 120 public and private sector partners fit together to achieve our ambitious goal of adding 30,000 megawatts (MW) and 60 million connections in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. The Roadmap outlines Power Africa’s three strategic pillars: Generation, Connections, and Unlocking Energy Sector Potential. These three pillars will help our partners to accelerate energy transactions by working with African governments to create the policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks needed to attract private sector investment in the energy sector.

This Roadmap does not provide a comprehensive breakdown of all Power Africa activities in every country, of every potential transaction, or of every partners’ activities. Rather, it highlights work that Power Africa’s partners are engaged in all over sub-Saharan Africa to illustrate the broader, strategic, and collective effort that is required to implement and sustain our stated goals and objectives.

It provides energy practitioners, academics, politicians, development partners, and other interested parties with insight on how electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa can be doubled if all stakeholders work together to advance that common goal. Through greater coordination, we will be able to leverage our diverse tools and expertise, ensure coherence, and avoid duplication of effort, maximizing our reach and impact across the continent. The Roadmap offers a

tangible plan for how to make our common vision of an economically vibrant sub-Saharan Africa a reality by developing Africa’s rich and abundant energy resources in a rapid, transparent, inclusive, and sustainable manner.


Last updated: May 31, 2016

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