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The Role of International Institutions in Fostering Sub-Saharan Africa's Electrification

Authors: Morgan Bazilian, Simone Tagliapietra
Type: Commentary
Published in: Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy Commentary
Date: 2017


International institutions, such as multilateral development banks and national development agencies, are crucial in funding the  provision of electricity services in sub-Saharan Africa. In the  following Commentary, the authors discuss the role of these institutions in bringing electricity to the region. The Commentary  shows that the scale and focus of global initiatives is wide and  eclectic, and coordination between large and smaller funders  remains critical. It highlights how over the past decade, 92 percent  of international financial support to SSA’s electrification came from World Bank Group (WBG), the African Development Bank (AfDB)  and the European Union (EU). The EU’s actions in the field appear to be particularly fragmented. The WBG, the AfDB and the US have streamlined their actions largely by focusing resources on a few  initiatives. The Commentary concludes with recommendations to help get more large-scale projects funded, and increase technical assistance and capacity building. Better coordination and  information-sharing mechanisms to track the rapidly changing landscape will be critical to achieve the energy access goals in sub- Saharan Africa.

The Role of International Institutions in Fostering Sub-Saharan Africa's Electrification

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