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Sparking Africa’s energy revolution

12th June 2015

Mr Blair with young people who benefit from the new AGI-supported solar power plant at Rwamagana, Rwanda.  

AGI’s patron Tony Blair focused on the importance of electricity to driving development in Africa when writing for the new Quartz Africa website this week.AGI’s patron Tony Blair focused on the importance of electricity to driving development in Africa when writing for the new Quartz Africa website this week.

Mr Blair was writing ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Gleneagles summit which saw the world’s richest nations commit to large aid increases. Ten years on aid is a much smaller part of the picture in Africa and several of the continent’s economies are amongst the fastest growing in the world. 

In the article Mr Blair says that ‘the single most important precondition for a country’s success will be access to electricity.’  He also highlights AGI’s role in Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative which aims to spark a revolution in energy generation in Sub-Saharan Africa that will bring electricity to 600 million households. 

AGI will be working with a group of experienced Senior Advisors including Mr Blair, drawn from across the public and private sector who will work with African governments to secure the reforms needed to turn the lights on for their citizens. 

You can read the full article at Quartz Africa