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Power Africa

2013 - 2030

Implementing agencies
12 U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. Agency for International Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, United States Trade and Development Agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. African Development Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Export-Import Bank of the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture

African partners
Pan-African organisation, Government, Other public body, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
African Union, numerous African governments, utilities and regulators

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

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
African Development Bank, the World Bank Group, EU, the Governments of Canada, France, Japan, Israel, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, IRENA Development Bank of Southern Africa, the IDC, SE4ALL, the African Trade Insurance Agency, NEPAD

Geographical scope

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

Renewables, Non Renewables, Electricity, Energy Efficiency

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation, Mini-grids, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream), Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building, Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Equity, Debt, Guarantee, Early stage

Main objectives
Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections.

Main activities
Partner with over 140 private and public-sector actors from across the globe to advance shared energy objectives on the continent Transaction assistance: early-stage support for project preparation activities and late-stage assistance to advance power transactions to financial close and beyond Technical Assistance: institutional strengthening, technical and regulatory skill development, establishment of industry standards,infrastructure development and other market-opening activities, project development and management activities. Legal Assistance: strengthen governments’ expertise and negotiation capacity for structuring, financing and closing power transactions Regulatory assistance: improve power sector performance and commercial viability Provision of financial products: Small grants for capacity building, technical studies, project planning, project expansion, and for new off-grid connections, partial credit guarantees, direct loans, political risk insurance, fixed-rate financing, loan guarantees, export credit insurance



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