Financing Sustainable Electrification – African Dialogues

 

When: 2010, 2012

Where: Benin, Kenya

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Transfer business-oriented expertise for the financing of sustainable rural electrification projects.
  • Gather top experts to share perspectives on the risks associated with power sector investment in the region and strategies on how to mitigate them
  • Present how the development of appropriate policy strategies and action plans can enhance a country’s capacity to attract advanced power technology investment

When: 2010, 2012

Where: Benin, Kenya

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Sustainable financing is crucial to sustainable electrification. We organized and delivered two high-level conferences aimed at identifying how the region can attract investments for advanced power technologies in Africa. Through the development of policy strategies and action plans, countries can attract more investment and minimize the risks faced by power sector investors.

The first dialogue was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from April 13-15, 2010 targeting Eastern and Southern African countries. The conference featured interactive panel discussions and working sessions moderated by international power project investors, developers and experts. High-level government, power sector and investment community representatives from the region and abroad engaged in active conversations that included the discussion of specific country action plans.  Over 80 participants from 12 countries attended the workshop. 

The second conference took place in Cotonou, Benin from October 2-3, 2012, in partnership with the European Union. This event was designed to stimulate discussions and share perspectives on the issues and solutions associated with power sector investment in the targeted regions of West and Central Africa. The workshop focused on enhancing countries' ability to attract financing for rural electrification projects through the development of appropriate policy strategies and regulatory measures, as well as the best practices in this field. Over 80 high-level government, power sector and investment community representatives from 14 countries in the region attended the workshop.

These workshops are part of a capacity-building program we initially developed with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The program was designed to promote a bottom-up approach to increasing advanced power technology investment flows in developing countries through a series of region-specific interactive dialogues held in Thailand (2009), Kenya (2010), Switzerland (2010), Chile (2011, 2012), Benin (2012), and South Africa (2013, 2014).

“By welcoming this workshop, the Government of Benin wants to acknowledge all initiatives that promote the deployment and development of rural electrification in Africa. I am confident that with the level of representation at this workshop there will be an improvement of access to electricity in the coming years in our countries, thanks to a sustained support from the technical and financial partners that are present here today.”

Her Excellency Sofiatou Onifade Baba Moussa, Minister of Energy of Benin

Participating members and partners

  • AEP
  • EDF
  • RWE
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • European Union
  • Agence Française de Dévéloppement
  • Sustainable Energy for All
  • L'Association Africaine pour l'Électrification Rurale - Club ER
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