Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

16-May-2019

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°27 - August-October 2014

A SET OF BOLD AND AMBITIOUS COMMITMENTS to climate finance were made during the UN Climate Summit on September 23rd, which gathered around 120 heads of state. Pledges of around US$ 2.3 billion were made to the Green Climate Fund; over 150 supporters endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests, including countries who committed to halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030; and the Global Investment Coalition on Climate Change announced that it would double investments in climate change to US$ 84 billion by 2015 as well as increase current climate change investment 10-fold between...
05-Jun-2018

5th Annual Sustainable Energy for All Africa Workshop at the SEforALL Forum

More than 750 leaders from government, business, civil society and international organizations will gather from 2nd to 4th to May 2018 in Lisbon for the 4th SEforALL Forum with the title: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Forum will examine the latest data on progress — or lack of — in achieving SDG7 goals. A highlight will be the launch of the 2018 Global Tracking Framework report, which benchmarks annual progress towards achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling renewable energy and improving energy efficiency by 2030. The SEforALL Africa Hub ...
29-Jun-2017

AfDB approves SEFA contribution for Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program to scale-up energy access in Africa

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors approved a US $3-million grant of the Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for Phase 2 of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP). Implemented by the Bank-hosted SEforALL Africa Hub, the GMG MDP’s objective is to support the scale-up of investments in commercially viable GMG projects through a broad range of interventions to improve the enabling environment. The project seeks to remove or reduce market barriers at regional scale and strengthen the ecosystem for the emergence of a thriving GMG sector in Sub-...
04-Apr-2017

SEforALL stakeholders call for faster and bolder actions to light up and power Africa

At the fourth sustainable energy for all (SEforALL) Africa workshop held 29-30 March 2017 at AfDB offices in Abidjan, as part of the Energy Week, stakeholders called for faster actions towards universal energy access in Africa.  Attended by more than 120 stakeholders, the meeting aimed at reinforcing collaboration and joining the forces for universal energy access, taking stock of recent progress and challenges, sharing best practices and innovative solutions and charting way forward. Speaking on the occasion, AfDB Vice President, Charles Boamah said energy is critical to Africa’s...
21-Mar-2017

African Development Bank calls on Ministers to prioritize energy sector development

The Ministerial segment of the African Union’s first Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Transport, Intercontinental and Interregional Infrastructures, Energy and Tourism brought together over 40 Ministers from the concerned sectors in Lomé, Togo. The STC was organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Government of Togo and with the support of the African Development Bank. The meeting was held to consider strategies for strengthening the financing of the aforementioned sectors. The Ministerial meeting was opened by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport...
04-Nov-2016

Launch of the Rwanda Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda

The Honorable Minister of Infrastructure of Rwanda, James Musoni, officially launched on November 1, 2016, the SE4All Action Agenda, during the iPAD Rwanda Energy Infrastructure Forum that gathered international stakeholders, financiers, industry experts, and Government representatives. During his speech, the Minister highlighted the commitment of the Government to assure rapidly access to modern energy services for all and commended the development of the Action Agenda as a useful tool to advance towards the Sustainable Development Goal number 7 on energy. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, the...
27-Oct-2016

Validation of the Zimbabwe Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda

More than 120 stakeholders from Government, private sector, civil society, academia and development partners gathered in Harare on October 20, 2016 for the validation workshop of Zimbabwe’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda. Opening the workshop with a keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Tsitsi Muzenda, said, “The Action Agenda is not just about aspirational goals, but challenges all of us to play our part in changing the socio-economic condition of our people through a revolutionary paradigm shift [...] It is my dream that in 2030 the...
27-Oct-2016

Mauritius reaches milestone in SEFA-supported pioneering low-carbon technology project

The Deep Ocean Water Applications (DOWA) project in Mauritius supported by the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)marked a new milestone last week by welcoming the largest marine engineering platform of its kind – ‘Joseph Plateau’ – in Port Louis. The vessel will carry out detailed offshore marine surveys to introduce an innovative low carbon technology that lowers building cooling costs using cold ocean water – a first of its kind in Africa. Mauritius has no known oil, natural gas or coal reserves, and therefore depends on imported petroleum products to meet most of its energy...
26-Oct-2016

Business plan competition seeks clean energy entrepreneurs in West Africa

During ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Week held in Accra, Ghana (October 17-19), the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) launched its third annual West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCEF-3) business competition. The competition is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs operating and registered in any of the ECOWAS countries as well as foreign individuals and entities with projects in those countries. This competition is made possible through the support of Power Africa, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Private Financing Advisory...
06-Oct-2016

AfDB launches a Green Mini-Grid Help Desk to support project developers deliver energy access in rural areas

The AfDB-hosted Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub launched a Green Mini-Grid Help Desk for renewable energy mini-grid project developers during the 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) on October 1st in Nairobi. Today, 645 million Africans, nearly 60% of the population of Africa, don’t have access to electricity.  According to the International Energy Agency by 2040, 70% of new rural supply in sub-Saharan Africa will be from off-grid and mini-grids, two thirds of which powered by renewables as a result of falling costs, technological advancements...
07-Sep-2016

Stakeholders gather in Angola to validate national Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus

Angola’s Secretary of State of Energy, Joaquin Ventura, opened the validation workshop for Angola’s SE4All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus on 26 August 2016 in Luanda on behalf of the energy Minister, João Baptista Borges. The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA) concluded work to define Angola’s long-term objectives on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as the priority actions required to achieve them.  In his opening address, Ventura reaffirmed the importance of achieving universal access to modern energy services for...
20-Jul-2016

Nigeria National Council on Power adopts the Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda

The Nigeria National Council of Power (NACOP) has adopted the country’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda during its 2nd edition that took place in Kaduna City from 11 to 15 July 2016.   The executive session of the NACOP on 14 July gathered ministers, policy makers from the national and state levels, members of the national assembly, representatives of development partners and the private sector, as well as other major stakeholders in the power sector. The NACOP was organized by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing under the theme: Achieving incremental, then...
13-Jul-2016

Official launch of the Tanzania Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus

Tanzania’s  Minister of Energy and Minerals, Sospeter Muhongo officially launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus for Tanzania during a workshop attended by the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez, the EU Ambassador to Tanzania, Roeland Van De Geer, and the AfDB’s Resident Representative in Tanzania, Tonia Kandiero. Organized by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in collaboration with UNDP, the workshop marked the official launch of the Tanzania SE4All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus. The Action Agenda was...
22-Jun-2016

AfDB calls for new approaches to boost trade and create jobs

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for stronger ties between Africa and European countries in a bid to boost trade between the two regions. Stefan Nalletamby, the Bank’s Acting Vice-President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, highlighted the importance of such a relationship, noting that it would result in more equitable benefits. Nalletamby was speaking during the European Development Days held on June 15 and 16, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Participating in a panel on Development and Trade Links and the Agenda 2030, Nalletamby emphasised the need...
28-May-2016

Africa should take the lead in reducing industrial emissions, panel hears

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has challenged Africa to take the lead in implementing strategies to effectively end carbon emissions in the global process of manufacturing goods. AfDB Group Compliance and Safeguards Division Manager Anthony Nyong said, while the continent was the lowest contributor to the total global industrial emissions, it was the most impacted by the effects of air pollution. Nyong made the comments on Wednesday, May 25 at the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings in Lusaka, Zambia, during a special session on “Climate Change – Beating the Odds”, which featured...
26-May-2016

Q&A Moono Mupotola, Director of NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade at the AfDB

1.  What is the status of the New Deal on Energy for Africa and how can it serve Africa’s regional integration purpose? Energy is one of the most essential requirements for Africa’s development. The cost of delayed full electrification of the continent is increasing as time goes by. The African Development Bank has therefore made “Light up and Power Africa” the first of the five pillars of its High5 vision. The New Deal on Energy for Africa is an ambitious programme that seeks to achieve universal access for Africa by 2025. Its strategy is built around the achievement of four targets...
13-May-2016

SE4All Africa Hub to provide technical assistance to Green Mini-Grids developers

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), recently signed a service contract with a consortium of GVEP International and INENSUS GmbH to provide technical assistance to developers of Green Mini-Grids. The SE4All Africa Hub is implementing a Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program (GMG MDP) to facilitate across Africa the creation of a Green Mini-Grid movement and enabling environment funded through the Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).  To achieve universal access to modern energy by 2030, as prescribed by the...
10-May-2016

Atelier des parties prenantes pour le lancement du Processus d’action national de l’Initiative : « Energie durable pour tous » au Cameroun

Plusieurs représentants gouvernementaux, d’organisations internationales, du secteur privé, de la société civile et des médias, se sont réunis les 28 et 29 Avril 2016 à Yaoundé dans le cadre de l’Atelier de lancement du Processus d’action national de l’Initiative « Énergie durable pour tous » (dite SE4All pour l’acronyme anglais) au Cameroun. Organisé par le gouvernement du Cameroun, cette rencontre de deux jours avait pour objectifs de lancer l'élaboration de l'Agenda d'action national en mobilisant les parties prenantes, de renforcer son appropriation au niveau du pays, de...
09-May-2016

Stakeholders gather in Zambia to launch the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) country action process

Government officials, representatives of international organizations, private sector and civil society, gathered from May 4-6, 2016 in Chimbombo, Zambia, for the official kick-off workshop of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) country action process in Zambia. Organized by the Ministry of Energy and Water of Zambia, the workshop marked the launch of the development of the SE4All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus in Zambia. The workshop took place in the framework of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) launched by the United Nations Secretary General in 2011....
12-Feb-2016

Gender, Energy and Clean Cooking Solutions on the agenda at SE4ALL 3rd Annual Workshop

On Thursday, February 11, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Office of the Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG), in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) and the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), organized an event that focused on Gender, Energy and Clean Cooking Solutions. The aim of the event was to raise awareness amongst development partners and African countries that access to clean cooking solutions and renewable energy are critical drivers of gender...