Power Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa over two in three people are without reliable access to electricity. Without such access, small businesses can’t grow, children struggle to do their homework at night and hospitals are extremely limited in their ability to provide health care services.

AGI is working with President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to help drive access to electricity across the continent. Power Africa aims to add 30,000 Megawatts of cleaner power generation across all of sub-Saharan Africa, and increase electricity access by adding 60 million new connections. African Governments will play a critical role in realising the ambition of Power Africa. That’s why, USAID asked AGI to deliver a blend of political and practical support to government leaders and policy professionals as part of our Power Africa partnership.

The Senior Advisors Group, convened by AGI, brings together highly experienced political and private sector leaders to act as trusted partners for African leaders as they look to deliver major reforms. Members of the Senior Advisors Group work closely with AGI’s in-country advisors who work shoulder to shoulder with those government colleagues tasked with turning the lights on in countries like Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

Every country will face unique challenges and each government will have specific priorities. Whether that’s getting people in rural areas better connected to the national grid, enhancing long term planning in the energy sector, improving the performance of national energy institutions and entities, or collaborating more with private sector players and development partners. The Senior Advisors Group reflects the breadth of these challenges by bringing together world class expertise in leadership, big infrastructure and global finance.  In this way, the Senior Advisors and AGI’s partnership with USAID plays an important role in helping to realise Power Africa’s ambition to turn the lights on across sub-Saharan Africa. 

“Access to electricity is the spark that will ignite Africa’s development. Without it children can’t study after school, life-saving vaccines spoil before reaching the sick and businesses can’t create jobs. With widespread access to electricity Africa’s prospects are bright.
Tony Blair, Patron of AGI


What is the Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, and what do they do?
In a recent blog for Devex Pierrick Judeaux, Head of AGI's Power Africa programme, explains the crucial role African governments have in bringing power to their people.

AGI In Action

Nov 2014


.@tonyblair_agi building a group of African leaders to help plan reforms needed for #powerafrica. Reform will lead to #lightsonafrica

5th November 2014

What would tripling access to electricity mean for Africa? @aherscowitz @BerkeleyRAEL, debate at #LightsOnAfrica

4th November 2014

Oct 2014


Could grid connections be the lower hanging fruit to providing access to reliable, affordable electricity in #Africa? t.co/TYfLQaxrwI

21st October 2014

Sep 2014


Fewer power shortages as energy infrastructure improves #Africa, says @TheEconomist t.co/tgUPbwoNDB

29th September 2014

.@CGDev's @toddjmoss says Power Africa is at the 'cutting edge of development policy'. We're proud to be involved t.co/A28cYFwQHU

5th September 2014

Apr 2014


USAID @rajshah says PowerAfrica is a new model of development - good panel discussion of Africas energy needs at #Milken #2014GC today

29th April 2014

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Dec 2012

AGI is just so important – bringing political skills and capacity development to help African governments actually deliver for their people.
Rajiv Shah
Former Administrator, USAID
31st December 2012

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