Investments in the energy sector have been identified as an important priority by many African governments, regional organizations as well as the international donor community. As a result, numerous initiatives have been launched with the common goal to support the continent in achieving a sustainable energy future. While this represents a very welcome development, it has also led to an increasing need for exchange and coordination across the growing number of initiatives and programs in the sector. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) embarked in a mapping exercise.
The African Energy Leaders Group (AELG) is a community of energy leaders from the public and private sectors dedicated to promoting a sustainable energy transition in Africa in support of the objectives of the SEforALL Initiative.
The AELG comprises high-level individuals from the public and private sector: heads of state, CEOs of major corporations, and representatives of African institutions. The AELG was launched in January 2015 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, spearheaded by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for SEforALL, Kandeh Yumkella.
The SEforALL Africa Hub is developing a regional Market Development Program for Green Mini-Grids, with SEFA financing.
The program aims to remove or reduce market barriers on a regional scale and strengthen the ecosystem for the emergence of a thriving GMG sector in Sub Saharan Africa. The program will support the efforts of relevant stakeholders such as governments and project developers in creating a favourable environment for scaling up mini grid investment on the continent and expanding energy access to underserved communities through GMGs.
The Turkish G20 Presidency chose energy as special theme for the work of the G20 Energy Sector Working Group (ESWG).The AfDB participated in the 3 ESWG meetings (Antalya, Istanbul and Izmir) in 2015 and contributed to the development of the G20 Energy Access Action Plan in Sub-Saharan Africa that was endorsed, together with the G20 Toolkit of Voluntary Options on Renewable Energy Deployment at the first G20 Energy Ministerial on the 2 October 2015 in Istanbul, preceded by a G20 Conference on Energy Access in Sub Saharan Africa on the first of October 2015, with the participation of AfDB president.
High Impact Opportunities (HIOs) are action areas that are likely to show significant potential to advance the three objectives of SEforALL. HIOs work as coordination platform for stakeholders (public, private and civil society) engaged in each area, to coordinate and advance actions at the global, regional and local level.