The 4th Annual Sustainable Energy for All African Workshop was hosted by the SEforALL Africa Hub in partnership with the Africa Union Commission, the NEPAD Agency and UNDP, in collaboration with the SEforALL Global Facilitation Team (GFT) at the premises of the African Development Bank in Abidjan on the 29th and 30th of March 2017. The theme for the workshop was: Joining forces for universal energy access in Africa; From SEforALL to SDG7, AREI and the New Deal on Energy. The meeting brought together over 110 participants from SEforALL focal persons across Africa, development partners, financiers, national and regional institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Day One - 29th March

08:30–09:00RegistrationAuditorium
09:00-09:15Opening remarksAuditorium
Charles Boamah, Vice President, AfDB
09:15-09-30Keynote interventionAuditorium
Rachel Kyte, SRSG and CEO of SEforALL
09:30-09:45State of play of SEforALL implementation in AfricaAuditorium
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator
09:45-10:25Moderated panel discussion – Joining forces for universal energy accessAuditorium
Moderator: Mosad Elmissry, Senior Energy Advisor, NEPAD

Panellists:

  • Jane Ebinger, Policy Director SEforALL
  • Felice Zaccheo , ‎Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission
  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director ECREEE
  • Faruk Yusuf Yabo, SEforALL Focal Point Nigeria
10:25-10:30Introduction to day one thematic sessionsAuditorium
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator
10:30-11:00Group Photo
Coffee Break
 
11:00-13:00Parallel working groups 
 Working Group (1): Country level Implementation - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on:

  • Country level implementation/delivery mechanisms;
  • Linkages to other country processes, e.g. NDCs;
  • Continuous stakeholder engagement.
WG1: Room 1G
Moderator: Aaron Leopold, Practical Action

Scene setters:

 Working Group (2): Mapping and coordination - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on:

  • Continuous mapping of energy initiatives including at country-level;
  • Simplifying access to information on TA and financing instruments;
  • Development partners/energy stakeholders’ coordination: development of joint compacts/MoUs etc.
WG2: Room 1H
Moderator: Christine Eibs Singer, SEforALL

Scene setters:

 Working Group (3) topic: From IPs to project Implementation - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on:

  • Making IPs more fit for purpose;
  • Using IPs as the basis for national financing dialogue;
  • Linking IPs to potential investors;
  • Accelerating the preparation of bankable projects.
WG3: Room 2E
Moderator: Astrid Manroth, Director Energy Partnerships AfDB

Scene setters:

13:00-14:15Lunch between Ms Rachel Kyte and SEforALL country focal points;
Joint lunch of all the other participants;
Cafeteria, ground floor
14:15-16:00Continued parallel working groups discussions
refreshments served during the parallel sessions
Working Group 1: 1G
Working Group 2: 1H
Working Group 3: 2E
16:00-16:45Moderated panel discussion – Assessing country investment readiness & monitoring progress towards SDG 7Auditorium
Moderator: Aliou Dia, Regional Team Leader, UNDP

Panellists:

16:45-17:45Plenary discussion on the draft outcomes
Reports from the Day 1 Working Groups
Wrap-up of the day
Auditorium
Chair: Rashid Ali Abdallah, Head of Energy Division, AUC
18:00-20:00ReceptionCafeteria CCIA ground floor

Day Two - 30th March

08:30-09:00RegistrationAuditorium
09:00-09:30Plenary session – introduction to day two thematic sessionsAuditorium
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator
09:30-13:00Parallel working groups 
 Working Group (4) topic: Biomass and Clean Cooking Solutions - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on implementation of priorities identified in the Action Agendas:

  • Africa Biomass Data Initiative – improving the quality of biomass data to increase the sustainability of the sector (1h);
  • Strengthening of the policy& regulatory framework for implementation of CCS / LPG programs at country level;
  • Mobilization of required technical assistance and investments for CCS/LPG programs;
  • Addressing the capacity building needs in the clean cooking space.
Moderator: Daniel Wanjohi, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Scene setters:

 Working Group (5) topic: Energy Efficiency - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on implementation of priorities identified in the Action Agendas:

  • Strengthening of the policy& regulatory framework for implementation of energy efficiency measures at country level;
  • Mobilization of required technical assistance and investments for energy efficiency;
  • Addressing the capacity building needs in the energy efficiency space.
Moderator: Katrina Pielli, Power Africa

Scene setters:

 Working Group (6) topic: Decentralized energy access - Concept Note

Discussion on best practices and development of actionable recommendations on implementation of priorities identified in the Action Agendas:

  • Strengthening of the policy& regulatory framework for implementation of decentralized energy solutions at country level;
  • Innovative financing solutions for decentralized energy
  • Mobilization of required technical assistance for decentralized energy solutions;
  • Addressing the capacity building needs in the decentralized energy solutions space.
Moderator: Dean Cooper, CEMG Partnership

Scene setters:

13:00-14:00 Joint Lunch  
14:00-14:45Moderated panel discussion – Matching support instruments with country and private sector needsAuditorium
Moderator: Moses H. Ntlamelle, SADC Secretariat

Panellists:

14:45-15:30 Moderated panel discussion – Ensuring implementation: the importance of country-level implementation and delivery mechanismsAuditorium
Moderator: Astrid Manroth, Director Energy Partnerships AfDB

Panellists:

  • NGoran Konan Norbert (focal point Cote d’Ivoire),
  • Aaron Leopold (Practical Action),
  • Marcel Alers (UNDP),
  • K Bongwe (South Africa)
15:30-16:00Coffee Break  
16:00-17:30 Plenary session on overall workshop conclusions
Reports from the Day 2 Working Groups and formulation of recommendations and priorities for SEforALL in Africa for 2017
Auditorium
Co-Chairs: Jane Ebinger, Policy Director SEforALL
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator