Power Africa

Power Africa

President Obama launched Power Africa to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power. Our goals are ambitious, but achievable because we work in partnership. Central to the Obama Administration’s new model for development, Power Africa uses collective problem-solving to enable African leaders to pave their own future.

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Government

Contact

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20523

E : powerafrica@usaid.gov

Organization Mission

Our goal is to enable electricity access by adding 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000 megawatts of new and cleaner power generation. Our partners include African governments, who have the power to unlock the substantial resources in their countries which include biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, gas, and wind projects in Africa. Together, we are increasing energy across the continent by supporting innovative, effective, and sustainable development. Power Africa includes the collective resources of the US Government, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Government of Sweden, the European Union, the African Union, the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All, and more than 100 private companies. We’ve brought together the world’s top companies, political leaders, and financial institutions to help overcome Africa’s energy crisis.

Area of Focus

Through a unique approach, we are connecting the African population to the electricity grid, and providing access to those who live beyond it. Here’s how we do it:

  • Transaction Focus: In sub-Saharan Africa, a power project can stall for a variety of reasons. By addressing the critical impediments that hinder progress of a particular deal, we create a ripple effect for other deals facing similar issues in the country. Our approach to reforming Africa’s energy sector is to tackle one power project at a time.
  • On-the-Ground Support: Power Africa’s in-country advisors identify the technical, financial, and political solutions needed to facilitate faster access to power for local communities, major cities, and regional power pools. They work closely with our partners to provide and implement these solutions.
  • Bridging the Financing Gap: The funding needed to electrify sub-Saharan Africa far surpasses the funding available from African governments and foreign donors. Our aim is to de-risk investments so that public and private investors will fund the projects that drive systemic reforms.
  • African-led Reform: Africa’s power sector will not advance without policy reforms and improved governance. Our teams work with African governments to fill critical skills gaps and engage in diplomatic dialogues that drive reform. Our institutional and human resource network on the African continent will build and maintain the power sector for generations to come.
  • Working Beyond the Grid: Off-grid solutions are oftentimes the quickest way to increase access to the most vulnerable and remote communities. With over 40 investors and partners committing more than $1 billion for small-scale and off-grid renewable energy solutions, this collaboration will provide millions of people access to reliable and sustainable electricity for the first time.
  • Empowering and Powering Women: Promoting gender equality and female empowerment is a critical component of our work. We support projects, programs and policies that intentionally strive to reduce gender inequalities and promote effective engagement of both men and women in sub-Saharan Africa.