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Desert to Power initiative


  • The Lack of energy is a significant impediment to Africa’s economic and social development
  • Energy poverty in Africa costs the continent 2-4% of GDP annually
  • The Bank’s Desert to Power solar initiative will turn Africa into a renewable energy powerhouse
  • 11 countries are beneficiaries of this initiative: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Chad.



  • Desert to Power will stretch across the Sahel region, connecting
  • 250 million people with electricity by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resources
  • Desert to Power will make the Sahel the world’s largest solar production zone with up to 10 000 MW of solar generation capacity
  • Desert to Power will speed up economic development through the deployment of solar technology

    5 G5 Sahel priorities

  • Action 1: Accelerate the deployment of solar energy production
  • Action 2: Extend and strengthen the power transmission network
  • Action 3: Accelerate electrification through off-grid solutions
  • Action 4: Revitalize national power utilities
  • Action 5: Improve the business climate