Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)


Climate Finance Bimonthly Newsletter - Issue N°28 - November-December 2014

THIS YEAR will be important for energy and climate change in Africa, and for the African Development Bank. At the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP20), which concluded on 14 December 2014, many new climate finance pledges were confirmed – US$ 50 million more for the Adaptation Fund, US$ 800 million for the Climate Investments Funds US$ 10 billion for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Yet, we all know that they are not enough – and far from the goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address global climate challenges, especially in developing countries.

SEFA to help scale-up innovative clean cooking business in Nigeria

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) approved a US $580,000 preparation grant for the expansion of Green Energy & Biofuels (GEB) Bio-refinery project in Nigeria. The project is a pilot of Small & Medium Entrepreneurship Fundamentals (SMEFunds), a social enterprise based in Lagos, and the first bio-energy cooking fuel production facility and distribution network in Nigeria. Specifically, the SEFA grant will finance technical studies, business advisory services and a full environmental and social impact assessment in support of the scaling-up of SMEFunds/GEB operations,...

DRC to advance on SE4ALL to address energy access challenge and develop its renewable energy potential

he Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Development Organization of the Netherlands (SNV) convened stakeholders for the 1st Forum on Renewable Energy (FoDER) in the context of UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Forum was held from November 20-21 in Kinshasa, DRC. The SE4ALL Africa Hub, hosted by the African Development Bank’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, actively contributed to the Forum. The event was very well attended with some 150-200 participants including...

Central African countries commit to move forward on SE4All and address energy access challenge

The Economic Community for Central African States (ECCAS) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) convened Central African countries for an expert and ministerial meeting. The purpose of the gathering was to validate the white paper on regional policy for universal access to modern energy services and economic and social development in the context of UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The meeting was held from October 14-18 in Yaoundé, Cameroun. The SE4ALL Africa Hub, hosted by...

AfDB poised to enhance access to additional climate finance for African countries

To meet the full scale of the global climate challenge and seize the opportunities at hand, domestic efforts must be scaled up and simultaneously leveraged through an international framework that provides incentives. Combined, accelerated action and increased ambition will help advance sustainable development, especially in Africa which suffers most from the effects of climate change. Therefore, discussions at very high level took place on Monday, September 22, on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York. The African Development Bank (AfDB) participated in high-level meetings about...

AfDB, anchor partner of Power Africa - Enhanced partnership between the US and AfDB for Power Africa announced at the US-Africa Summit

As part of the US-African Leaders Summit, on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka, reaffirmed the AfDB’s support to advance the Power Africa initiative, with a commitment of $3 billion over a 5-year period. This support was originally announced by the AfDB, as an anchor Power Africa partner on the continent, in July 2013. In 2013 only, AfDB interventions related to focus countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania) amounted to over $600 million. Under the enhanced partnership announced Tuesday, the United...

AfDB creates African pilot climate technology and finance centre with GEF support

The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on June 27th the creation and management of a pilot Africa Climate Technology Finance Center and Network (ACTFCN) for a three-year period to support the deployment and scaling-up of both climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies. The Bank will implement the project through the execution of a US$ 9.09-million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund and US$ 5.25 million from the GEF Special Climate Change Fund. Following the Board’s decision, Alex Rugamba, Director of the AfDB’s...

UN Secretary-General to host first Sustainable Energy for All Forum

Over one thousand leaders, experts and energy practitioners are confirmed to participate, from government, business, international organizations and civil society groups for the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from June 4-6.  Kandeh Yumkella, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary–General and CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, says “the Forum is shaping up to be a major stepping stone, where we can collectively assess the results of our commitments, spur new efforts and together chart a...

SE4ALL Africa Hub convenes East, Central and Southern African countries to move forward on SE4All

The SE4ALL Africa Hub convened representatives of the Eastern, Central and Southern African Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) focus countries for a workshop on the development of SE4ALL Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses in Addis Ababa from May 29-30. The meeting took place following a successful launch of the Action Agenda process for the ECOWAS region in March and the Africa Launch of the SE4ALL Decadeduring the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in Kigali. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from SE4ALL focus countries...

Strong partnership will boost power generation in Africa, officials say

The African Development Bank (AfDB) together with its partners in power generation in Africa have concurred that strong partnership will realise the Power Africa initiative. The remarks were made during the “Power Africa Roundtable” on Wednesday, May 21, at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Kigali. The session focused on what could be the biggest challenges investors and financiers face when looking to invest in power projects in Africa. Alex Rugamba, the Director of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department at AfDB, said the Bank was proud to be part of the Power...

Africa Launch of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) (Video report) - AM 2014

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The importance of energy in improving maternal and child health in Africa

The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Annual Meetings 2014 commenced in Kigali on May 19. A ministerial visit to healthcare centres in a rural area was organised to coincide with this event. The visit highlighted the importance of rural electrification through the use of renewable energy sources. Electrification of remote healthcare centres is particularly important in efforts to improve maternal and child health across Africa. The link between energy and maternal and child health is the core theme of the first two years of "Sustainable Energy for All" (SE4ALL) Decade (2014-2024), a...

Africa’s Decade of Sustainable Energy for All launched at AfDB Meetings in Kigali

Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, have officially launched the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in Africa. At present, 42 African countries have signed up to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. At a high-level discussion held during the AfDB's Annual Meetings on Monday, May 19 in Kigali, Yumkella stressed the need for these countries to take ownership of the initiative's objectives through...

ECOWAS countries move forward on SE4All initiative

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) convened representatives of the 15 ECOWAS countries for a kick-off workshop on the development of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency National Action Plans and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Action Agendas in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from March 17-19, 2014. The meeting took place against the backdrop of promising sustainable energy developments in the ECOWAS region, particularly with the adoption of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy (EREP) and the ECOWAS...

AfDB gathers partners in Tunis to advance Sustainable Energy for All in Africa

The African Development Bank as host of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub organized a two-day workshop in Tunis with representatives of 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 80 Governments from around the world have formally engaged with the initiative, with 42 African countries “opted-in”. The workshop was attended by the SE4All Africa Hub partners: the African Union Commission (AUC), the...

AfDB will mobilize a full range of financing instruments to advance Sustainable Energy for All Initiative: Kaberuka

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, Kandeh Yumkella, held talks with African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka on December 12, 2013. The UN Representative and President Kaberuka used the opportunity to share perspectives on the objectives of an SE4ALL workshop held that day in Tunis, namely: to agree on a common framework and methodology to move forward the country action plans and investment prospectuses; and to decide on which countries the partners’ efforts will focus on in 2014. The Bank Group considers...

AfDB Board commits US $113 million to Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project

The African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) efforts to improve sustainable energy supply and access in Africa took a leap forward with the Board of Directors’ approval of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project. The Bank Group allocated US $97.3 million from the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund for the multinational project, which will support the development of sustainable energy infrastructure. An additional US $16 million grant from the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) window of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund was recently mobilized by the AfDB...

AfDB Continues to Support Low-carbon Development Pathways for Africa

For the fifth time the African Development Bank was a co-organizer of the Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) along with UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). This important forum was held from July 3-5, 2013 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Given the challenges of the current carbon market, ACF reflected on how the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation and financing mechanisms have performed to date ad discussed how those mechanisms could continue to be successfully applied on the African continent. As the premier financing...

Africa Hub of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative Launched at AfDB Meetings

The Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Africa Hub was launched Friday, May 31, during the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) 2013 Annual Meetings in Marrakesh, Morocco. The event (i) presented the SE4All Initiative to stakeholders; and (ii) discussed the mission and activities of the SE4All Africa Hub hosted by the African Development Bank, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and with support from UNDP – pursuant to the mandate provided by the Conference of African Energy Ministers (CEMA). The mission of the SE4All Africa...

Sustainable Energy for All Initiative’s Africa Hub Launched

President Donald Kaberuka launched on Friday, May 31, in Marrakech, during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative’s Africa Hub, in a partnership with the United Nations and the Danish and American Governments. The initiative aims to meet the objectives set by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy among world energy sources, until 2030. The AfDB will be responsible for the Hub on the...