Our Africa, Our Thoughts
A selection of blogs from the African Development Bank Group
The AfDB is currently designing its energy strategy. This 5-year business plan will define the Bank’s public and private activities in Africa’s energy sector.
Through this blog, we seek the input of Africa-based civil society organizations, energy experts, and community leaders. We will also host consultations and other meetings.
How the blog works?
Over the next weeks, we will post a series of key questions and draft material. We welcome your constructive recommendations and input.
We will ask you to register when you provide feedback. Registering allows the Bank to continue communicating with those interested in the Bank’s efforts to increase access to clean energy.
Why is the Bank working so hard on energy?
Although Africa has significant energy resources, energy production remains low – at about 9.5 percent of the world’s total output. The entire installed generation capacity of 48 sub-Saharan African countries is 68 gigawatts, no more than that of Spain.
There is a direct link between access to energy and poverty. When people do not have enough electricity and other energy sources, health services, access to clean water and sanitation, and education all suffer.
Sub-Saharan Africa has a disproportionately high percentage of households without electricity. Only 1 in 4 African has electricity and other energy services. If current trends continue, fewer than half the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will have ensured universal access even by 2050.
Getting the strategy right
The Bank believes all Africans should have access to energy. Africa has a huge opportunity for green growth. This strategy is a critical step. Your feedback is important.