Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

Background

In September 2011, the UN Secretary General launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative with the aim of achieving three goals by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix.

With over with 42 African countries “opting-in” to the initiative, Africa is at the forefront of the implementation of SE4ALL. In fact, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank and Member of the SE4ALL Advisory Board, calls SE4ALL “a game changer for Africa.” With this in mind, in May 2013, the African Development Bank (AfDB)-hosted, SE4ALL Africa Hub, was officially launched during the AfDB’s Annual Meetings in Marrakesh, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

SE4ALL Africa Hub mission and organization

The mission of the SE4ALL Africa Hub is to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the SE4ALL initiative on the African continent. The Hub promotes African ownership, inclusiveness and a comprehensive approach to the initiative’s implementation. It does so through a series of activities, among them coordination and facilitation, mobilizing finance, information sharing, matchmaking outreach and knowledge management, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

The SE4ALL Africa Hub is part of the SE4ALL global implementation structure, working closely with the Global Facilitation Team. It is composed of two bodies, an Oversight and Operations Committee and a Secretariat. The committee provides strategic guidance for the operations of the Hub Secretariat and is comprised of representatives from the AUC, NPCA, AfDB, UNDP and the Economic Community of West African States (which represents the Regional Economic Communities on a rotating basis). The Secretariat is responsible for carrying out the activities of the Hub and its work program.

The Hub’s Support Network

Two instruments support the SE4ALL Africa Hub in its operations:

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)

SEFA is one of Africa’s instruments under the SE4ALL Initiative and will cooperate closely with the Africa Hub. It was established in 2011 at the African Development Bank with a commitment of US $56 million from Denmark to allow the Bank to scale-up its engagement in the small to medium-sized renewable energy and energy efficiency space. In 2013, SEFA was transformed into a multi-donor facility with an initial US $5-million commitment from the United States as part of a multi-year engagement under President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.

SEFA operates through three financing components all focused on unlocking private investments in small to medium-sized sustainable energy projects:

  • Grants to facilitate the preparation of bankable projects;
  • Equity investments to bridge the financing gap and inject managerial capacity; and
  • Support to the public sector in improving the enabling environment.

Pilot Africa Climate Technology and Finance Centre

The centre is designed to support the development and transfer of climate technologies in African countries as a way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change. The three-year project will provide a platform for disseminating knowledge and gathering key stakeholders to develop innovative financing mechanisms for both mitigation and adaptation technology transfer across the continent.

The centre is aligned with the SE4ALL Initiative and will inter alia support the mainstreaming of low carbon and clean technologies in SE4ALL Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses and provide advisory services and capacity building to improve the enabling environment for climate change technology transfer in the energy sector.

Contacts

The SE4ALL Africa Hub Secretariat
hosted by the AfDB and housed in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department
African Development Bank,
Temporary Relocation Agency
BP 323-1002 Tunis-Belvédère Tunisia

SE4ALL Africa Hub Coordinator
Daniel-Alexander Schroth

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