Akon Lighting Africa initiative

More collaborative methods are required in order to achieve universal energy access across Africa – this was the unanimous voice from stakeholders at the Energy Week conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, last week.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) hosted the 4th sustainable energy for all (SEforALL) Africa workshop, whereby investors encouraged for taking stock of recent progress and challenges, sharing best practices and innovative solutions as a way forward.

Speaking at the event, AfDB Vice President, Charles Boamah said energy is critical to Africa’s development and should be taken as a priority.

“Energy is at the centre of all economic activities and no country will be able to progress unless reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy services are accessible to all,” Boamah noted.

However, Boamah also noted that the speed on energy access is not fast enough and current efforts will fall far short of achieving universal energy access for Africa by 2030. Read more...

The AfDB envisions an empowered and prosperous Africa, which, within ten years, has lights everywhere, with everybody using safe and modern energies for many purposes, including lighting, cooking and heating, he said.

Universal energy access

In her keynote address, special representative of the secretary general of the United Nations and CEO of SEforALL, Rachel Kyte said: "Africa has seen huge improvements in energy access in recent years.

“Building on hard work of recent years the emergence of integrated energy plans in key African countries and the concerted efforts to attract investment to them offers African countries the chance to show how clean and affordable energy access can be achieved on time and target.”

According to the Bank, SEforALL country action processes, such as the development of Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses are underway in close to 30 African countries in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy that aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030. Read more...