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Power Africa

More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Universal energy access is a key to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, but a huge financial gap is a crucial obstacle.

Contributes to electrification of sub-Saharan Africa

Sweden supports the Power Africa initiative to bridge the financial gap and double electricity access for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa is a partnership between the public and private sector that started in 2013. It aims to increase electricity access and solve Africa’s energy crisis.

Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is one of the Global Goals. This goal is also essential to be able to meet several of the other goals.

One billion people lack access to energy

One billion people across the world live without access to energy. Solving this will require a sharp increase in energy access investments. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 600 million people, that is 70% of the population, lack access to electricity and clean cooking.

Public funding alone cannot bridge the financial gap and secure universal electricity access. It must be complemented with private financing.

Innovative methods to mobilise capital

Sweden’s support through Sida has for a long time focused on grant-funded investments in rural electrification, capacity building, and energy sector reform. Since 2015 the strategy includes new innovative methods to mobilising capital for private investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Our mission 2021-2030

The mission of Power Africa is to contribute to increased access to clean energy, energy efficiency, jobs and economic development, reduced environment and climate impact and improved health. We do this by catalysing market development, mobilising private capital and supporting continued reform.
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Africa - a market for energy services

There are great opportunities for energy service companies in sub-Saharan Africa. The market for off-grid energy and energy efficiency is huge. Innovative solutions play an important role in overcoming energy poverty.
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Change and results

The number of Swedish strategies that include energy has since 2015 increased from 3 to 14 and access to renewable energy is growing. The efforts with new innovative methods are showing results and the different initiatives complement each other.

Power Africa methods

Concept papers on selected projects

Updated: February 20, 2023