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

Highlights

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

Mar 2016

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.@afrobarometer reveals how a connection to an electrcity grid doesn't guarantee you electricity in much of Africa t.co/M0GMLnFZGu

18th March 2016

Feb 2016

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Looking forward to speaking on energy challenges at the Harvard Africa Business Conference today - great event! @HBSABC #HBSABC2016

27th February 2016
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According to @BillGates most of Sub-Saharan Africa has less electricity today than 30 years ago via @qzafrica t.co/HGHIBdyltQ

23rd February 2016
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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.
10th February 2016
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Progress on power in Africa hinges on the ability of Governments to master reforms says @judeauxp for @devex t.co/KIp5FLDomO

10th February 2016

Jul 2015

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Africa is in the grip of an energy crisis, says this year’s Africa Progress Panel (APP) Report. We ask how to light up rural homes in sub-Saharan Africa.
2nd July 2015

Apr 2015

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What is the Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, and what do they do?
2nd April 2015

Jan 2015

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Will almost 1billion have electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2040? @Africa_Conf t.co/aCtjmUj9Me #globaldev t.co/ngPG8mLQEY

26th January 2015
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11 million people in sub-Saharan Africa now have #solar electricity, @TheEconomist t.co/TWNPOay5IJ #globaldev

16th January 2015
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Financing #post2015, Power Africa - what are the other priorities for Africa in 2015? @BrookingsGlobal t.co/kWrBD2gwWw #globaldev

14th January 2015
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#Rwanda is an example of how to increase access to electricity, @GdnDevelopment #globaldev t.co/UzE5013zgm

9th January 2015
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14 infographics from @ONECampaign, this one shows people in Africa living without electricity t.co/4NNEZUPcmo t.co/gYuyZmuBLX

8th January 2015

Dec 2014