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Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI)

2008 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
World Bank

African partners
Pan-African organisation

Names of African partners involved
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the Africa Renewable Energy Access Program (AFREA), the EUEI Partnership Dialogue Facility, the Forum of African Energy Ministers (FEMA), the DGIS/BMZ-funded Energizing Development Partnership (EnDev)

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
World Bank, GIZ

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Republic, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Principe, Rwanda, Senegal Republic, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia Republic, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Western Sahara, Mauritius


Sub Sectors (Electricity)

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Information and analysis, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
To create and sustain a living body of practical knowledge and a network of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) practitioners for the design, development, and implementation of rural, peri-urban, and urban on-grid and off-grid electrification programs. The initiative emphasizes mitigating barriers and promoting solutions to SSA electrification access through the provision of proven, practical information in a user friendly format, through simple and sustainable communication channels.

Main activities
Support for the creation of a network of African practitioners, including representatives from rural energy agencies and funds, government ministries, and regulatory agencies and from state, community, and privately owned utilities that collectively make up a network of electrification “thinkers” and “doers” across SSA.



Contact information
Jenny Hasselsten | Coordinator Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI)

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