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Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)


In September 2011, the UN Secretary General launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative with the aim of achieving three goals by 2030: Ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix.

Africa is at the forefront of the implementation of SE4All. Hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the SE4All Africa Hub was officially launched in May 2013, during the AfDB’s Annual Meetings in Marrakesh, in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group and Member of the SE4All Advisory Board, highlighted that “The SE4All Africa Hub plays an important role in forging the transformative partnerships needed to make access to energy for all a reality”.

SE4All Africa Hub: Organisation and mission

The Africa Hub is part of the SE4All global implementation structure, working closely with the Global Facilitation Team. It is composed of an Oversight and Operations Committee(OOC) and a Secretariat. The OOC provides strategic guidance for the operations of the Secretariat and comprises representatives from AUC, NPCA, AfDB, UNDP, and Southern African Development Community (SADC), which represents Regional Economic Communities. The Secretariat is responsible for carrying out the activities of the Africa Hub and its work program.

The SE4ALL Africa Hub’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate implementation of the SE4All initiative following   a resolution of the Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA). The Hub promotes African ownership, inclusiveness and a comprehensive approach to implementation in the 44 African countries that have joined SE4All. It provides guidance to African governments and energy stakeholders, delivers technical assistance, fosters networking and communication, and contributes towards finance mobilisation. In close collaboration with partners, the Africa Hub has further worked to define the SE4All country action processes. Specifically, the Hub led the development of the Action Agenda template and promoted its adoption as an umbrella framework for long-term country-level energy sector development. It also served as a coordination platform for sector-wide coherence and synergy in attaining SE4All goals. As a result, SE4All Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses are under development in 28 and 18 African countries respectively. They are developed through a multi-stakeholder process bringing together government actors, development partners, private sector and civil society. In addition, the Africa Hub has been providing direct technical assistance in response to government requests to more than 10 African countries to advance SE4All country actions.

In 2015, the Africa Hub started implementing the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program in cooperation with the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) to scale-up the adoption of mini-grids as an integral solution to enhancing energy access in rural areas.

With the adoption of a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on Energy (SDG 7) in September 2015 in New York, the focus must shift toward implementation of activities described in Action Agendas and mobilisation of required investments to implement project opportunities identified in Investment Prospectuses. The Africa Hub will therefore play a vital role in realising this progression in close collaboration with SE4All partners.

The Africa Hub’s Support Network

Two instruments support the SE4All Africa Hub in its operations:

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)

SEFA was established in 2011 at the African Development Bank with Denmark’s commitment of $56 million to allow the AfDB to scale-up its engagement in the small to medium-sized renewable energy and energy efficiency space. Subsequently, SEFA was transformed into a multi-donor facility with an initial $5 million commitment from the United States, as part of a multi-year engagement under President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative, and a contribution of GBP 10 million from the UK’s Department for International Cooperation. SEFA is one of Africa’s instruments under the SE4All Initiative and cooperates closely with the Africa Hub.

SEFA operates through three financing components all focused on unlocking private investments in small to medium sustainable energy projects: (i) grants to facilitate the preparation of bankable projects; (ii) equity investments to bridge the financing gap and infuse managerial capacity, and (iii) support to public sector in improving the enabling environment. Since its inception, SEFA has played a key role in structuring the first truly Pan-African $200 million private equity fund focused on renewable energy, the African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), of which SEFA and the AfDB are the anchor sponsors, having invested more than $50 million.

African Climate Technology Centre (ACTC)

The ACTC is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with some US$ 14.3 million, and implemented by the AfDB over a three-year period. The objective of the Centre is to support sub-Saharan African countries in scaling-up the deployment of low carbon and climate resilient technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation by: (1) Enhancing networking and knowledge dissemination with respect to climate technology transfer and financing; (2) Enabling the scaling-up of technology transfer through policy, institutional and organisational reforms of the country and regional enabling environments; and (3) Integrating climate change technologies into investment programmes and projects. The mitigation activities focus exclusively on the energy sector, and are aligned with the SE4All initiative. Since its inception in 2014, the Centre has been financing technical assistance activities related to SE4All implementation in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.


The SE4All Africa Hub Secretariat
is hosted by the African Development Bank in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department;

SE4All Africa Hub Coordinator

Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth

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