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U.S.- Africa Clean Energy Standards Program (CESP)

2016 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Power Africa

African partners
Government, Other public body, Private sector

Names of African partners involved

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), African private sector entities, and/or U.S. private sector.

Geographical scope

Countries where active

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)

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

Main objectives
The Program’s main objective is to provide a forum for industry and governments to cooperate on the standardization issues relevant to clean energy technologies and build the relationships necessary for further technical exchange. The Program supports Power Africa’s objectives of working with African stakeholders to develop sustainable energy infrastructure and increase access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Main activities
The Program’s main activities include: 1) cooperation on issues relating to standards, conformity assessment, and technical regulations for clean energy technologies; 2) fostering the relationships necessary to facilitate technical exchange on standards, conformity assessment, and technical regulations; and 3) exchanging up-to- date information on the latest issues and developments relating to standards, conformity assessment, and technical regulations in the clean energy space. These activities are primarily carried out through one to two-day technical workshops and trainings that are held in Sub-Saharan Africa and include participation by government, parastatal entities (e.g. utilities), and private sector representatives that are relevant to targeted standards and technology topics.


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Contact information
Brandon Megorden, Country Manager for East and Central Africa

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