With efforts to achieve universal electricity access by 2035, the World Bank is launching a $23.3 million project for Djibouti’s poorest communities.
World Bank electrification programme
The Sustainable Electrification Program, will be funded by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries.
According to news firm 4-traders, the funds will be used toward infrastructure development in the country’s poorest neighbourhood.
This initiative will expand electricity access in the home, provide additional public lighting, extend power lines to the less developed interior of the country for the first time, and finance the development of a national plan to harness the country’s immense renewable energy potential, 4-traders reported.
According to media, “The overall goal is to connect an additional 9,000 households in Balbala and around 5,000 households in the interior, providing electricity to over 10% of the total population.” Read more…
Asad Alam, World Bank Country Director for Djibouti, Egypt and Yemen, explained: “Access to electricity is critical for development.
“We have already seen the impact in neighborhoods of Balbala that have been connected to the grid. It has helped the launch of new businesses, facilitated children to study in the evenings, facilitated the work of women, and made streets safer.”
Alam added: “The project is part of a larger slums development programme and our aim is to continue working with Djibouti to ensure all its people have the benefits that come with access to basic services.”
“By boosting access to electricity to over 60% of the population, and developing a roadmap for expanding access to 100% of the population, this project will be a critical step toward the national goal of ensuring all citizens have access to electricity,” said Roger Coma Cunill, World Bank senior energy specialist and co-task team leader of the project.
Frederic Verdol, World Bank senior power engineer and co-task team leader added: “It is essential that power lines are extended to rural regions to improve the quality of life while stemming migration to already overcrowded urban areas, and to build their capacity to continue hosting refugees from the numerous flashpoints that surround Djibouti.” Read more…