Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)


Stakeholders gather in Abidjan to advance Sustainable Energy for All in Africa

Over 100 stakeholders from Government, private sector, civil society, and international organizations gathered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa workshop. The workshop was organized by the SE4All Africa Hub, and hosted by the African Development Bank, in partnership with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency and United Nations Development Programme, and supported by the Global Environment Facility-financed Africa Climate Technology and Finance Center project. The event, which took place from February 9-11, was geared towards...

Lighting up Africa requires coordination in energy initiatives

The mushrooming of energy initiatives in Africa is a welcome development, but there is need for coordination of these initiatives to ensure their success, African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Kurt Lonsway has said. Lonsway, Manager of the Environment and Climate Change Division at the AfDB, which hosts the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub, added that coordination is crucial in these energy initiatives in order to avoid duplication. He said a multitude of initiatives with similar objectives increases the risks related to duplication of efforts and uncoordinated implementation...

Rwanda gets go-ahead to transform its energy sector, builds on multi-program synergies to develop renewables

At its governing body meetings this week, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) endorsed Rwanda’s Investment Plan (IP) to significantly develop much-needed off-grid electricity access for households, productive uses, schools, health centres and institutions throughout the country, particularly in rural areas. The plan, to be implemented with support from the World Bank and with the African Development Bank as a key partner, was awarded an indicative allocation of $50 million.  Designed under the CIF’s Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP),...

Creating the necessary framework to mobilize sustainable energy investment in Africa: SE4All Africa Hub Annual Report

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub launched on Tuesday, October 13 in Abidjan its Annual Report for 2014-2015, which outlines the progress made to date in helping the 44 partner countries create strategic frameworks necessary to mobilize investment for realizing their long-term energy goals aligned with the SE4All initiative objectives: ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global mix by 2030, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 adopted...

AfDB President calls for enhanced partnerships to unlock Africa’s energy potential as G20 adopts Action Plan on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina delivered the special keynote address at the first G20 Energy Ministers meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2015. The meeting organized under the theme “Inclusive Energy Collaboration: Delivering on the G20 Principles” was officially opened by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, under the aegis of Turkey’s current G20 Presidency. President Erdogan emphasized the role of public-private partnerships in attracting investments to solve the infrastructure challenges. In this regard, he stated that “the key issue...

Towards a New Deal on Energy for Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting a High Level Stakeholder Consultative Meeting on the theme “Towards a New Deal on Energy for Africa”, at the Bank’s Abidjan headquarters, on September 17-18, 2015, to review the Bank’s energy activities and chart the way for a transformative partnership on energy for Africa. The event will bring together leaders in the energy sector to craft next steps towards a Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa to provide a major platform for structured private sector, multilateral and bilateral partnerships and financing to solve Africa’s...

The African Development Bank and Partners host Energy Week in Abidjan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting and co-organizing Energy Week, a series of events, including high-level discussions and partnerships focusing on lighting up and powering Africa, and unlocking the continent’s huge energy potential. Energy Week runs from Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18 in Abidjan. Since taking office on September 1, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has reaffirmed the position of energy among the key priorities for the AfDB. “Africa is blessed with limitless potential for solar, wind, hydropower and...

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Climate Technology Initiative - Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI-PFAN), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are jointly organizing the “ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy and Investment High Level Forum” from September 14 to 18, 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The event is supported by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation...

Turn energy plans into action, ECOWAS countries told

The African Development Bank has lauded the development of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Action Agendas, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries, and urged them to now turn those plans into action in order to improve the living conditions of their populations. The Bank has supported this process since its beginnings in its capacity as host of the SE4All Africa Hub. “The finalisation of the sustainable energy plans is only the beginning of a long journey as the focus has to shift now...

SE4All: AfDB supports four more African countries in the development of their Action Agenda and Investment Prospectuses

Through the SE4All Africa Hub, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is now supporting the development of the SE4All Country Action Agenda and Investment Prospectuses in four new countries: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Zimbabwe, along with Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, which are already supported. Consulting firms were recruited in response to Government requests under the Africa Climate Technology Finance Center and Network, a recent GEF project implemented by AfDB. Actions have just started on the ground this summer 2015, and deliverables are...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°31 - May-June 2015

At its governing body meetings mid-May, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) endorsed 9 African nations to serve as pilot countries for critical aspects of climate-smart development, with six pilot countries for climate resilience and three for sustainable forests. In addition, governments unanimously endorsed Ghana’s ambitious investment plan to transform and promote its renewable energy sector (see Focus on renewable energy). As a result, the AfDB-CIF portfolio now includes 34 pilot programs in 27 African countries.

SEFA doubled its grant portfolio to small- to medium- sized clean energy projects in 2014: report

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) announced on June 11 that it more than doubled its project portfolio last year, with commitments of USD 6.5 million, for 10 new projects all over the continent during the launch of its 2014 Annual Report. SEFA 2014 highlights include: USD 3.6 million in preparation grant approvals for projects in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzaniaexpected to result in over 142 megawatts of additional capacity and USD 386 million in capital investment; the launch of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund, a pan-...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°30 - March-April 2015


SEFA calls for proposals to support green mini-grid development

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has called for proposals to support the creation of an enabling policy and market environment for green mini-grids (GMGs) in an effort to address barriers to growth and unlock private investment in the sector. In Sub-Saharan Africa, unreliable electricity is estimated to cost countries between one and two percent of annual GDP, and this adversely affects over 620 million people. GMGs – isolated electricity distribution networks powered either fully or partially by renewable energy – typically offer a lower-cost solution than grid extension...

SE4All Action Agendas set stage for mobilizing investment in sustainable energy in Africa

African countries are one step closer to realizing the goals of universal energy access through following a coordinated approach to energy sector development at the country level according to speakers at a special session held during the Second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum in New York. During a high-level session on SE4All country action processes in Africa, representatives from the energy ministries of Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, presented their countries’ progress on SE4All Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses, describing their vision and targets until...

SEFA poised to foster private sector participation in renewable energy in Mozambique

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a USD 740,000 technical assistance grant to the Government of Mozambique to enhance the enabling environment for private investments in the country’s promising renewable energy sector. Specifically, the new SEFA grant will support the implementation of the country’s feed-in tariff regime for small/medium renewable energy projects, through the provision of standardized power purchase agreements, guidelines for grid connectivity and investor guidelines for prospective developers. The grant will additionally lay the foundations for...

“Sustainable Energy for All” Initiative (SE4ALL): West Africa on the move

In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Community of West African States Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) on March 24 and 25 organized a workshop at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, on monitoring the preparation of national action plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as those for the "Sustainable Energy for All" Initiative (SE4ALL). The meeting was a follow-up to the regional workshop organized about one year ago in Abidjan, which launched the preparation of these national action plans for renewable energy and...

Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°29 - January-February 2015

ACCORDING TO Africa Energy Outlook, by 2040, almost half of Africa's growth in electricity generation will come from renewable energy resources. Responsibly and efficiently harvesting the continent's renewables to make this a reality is however, costly. Climate finance is therefore key to unlocking the continent's potential in this arena. AS A SIGN OF ITS COMMITMENT to energy generation from renewables in both the mid- and long-term, AfDB is an implementing agency of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP) ‒ funding windows...

Policy reforms and investment needed to curb the shortfall in Africa’s energy sector

The conclusion of the World Economic Forum raises concerns – particularly for Africa – as to how important issues discussed at the meeting will be addressed. Sustainable energy for example emerged as a priority matter. “Every single African country is experiencing energy shortages and power outages. That is costing the continent two percent of its GDP,” said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, who addressed a press conference at the launch of the Africa Energy Leaders Group (AELG) during the 2015 World Economic Forum, which took place from January 21-24 in...

Sustainable Energy for All Africa Hub gathers partners in Abidjan to advance initiative across the continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB), as host of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub, organized on January 26 and 27 a workshop in Abidjan with representatives of African countries and partner institutions. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Global Facilitation Team headed by Kandeh Yumkella, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on SE4ALL. Since its launch, more than 90 Governments from around the world have formally engaged with the initiative, including 43 African countries. The workshop was attended by the SE4All Africa Hub partners...