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Promotion of a climate-friendly interconnected power system in West Africa

2013 - 2017

Implementing agencies
ECOWAS Commission

African partners
Pan-African organisation, Government

Names of African partners involved
ECOWAS member states

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Single donor, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
To create key conditions for a climate-friendly interconnected power system in the ECOWAS region

Main activities
- Electricity generation: The project is advising ECREEE on improving the conditions to promote grid-connected renewable energies. It is also supporting ECREEE in setting up an advisory centre to promote sustainable energy supply for the ECOWAS member states. - Electricity transmission: The project is advising the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) Secretariat in setting up a regional information and coordination centre and five subregional control centres. In particular, it is carrying out targeted capacity development measures to empower staff to steer the regional electricity market and manage finances. - Electricity distribution: In consultation with the WAPP Secretariat, the project is assisting selected energy utilities in developing solutions to reduce their distribution losses. - Organisational and human resources development: Activities focus on institution building at the regional centres of excellence for training personnel from the energy utilities. Based on their specific training needs, market-based, regionally certified continuing professional development courses are to be developed.



Contact information
Assani-Massourou Dahouenon, Technical Advisor mansour.dahouenon​

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