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USAID, AfDB Broadens Cooperation on Tackling Energy Poverty, Climate Change in Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Power Africa Presidential Initiative, and the African Development Bank (AfDB), have signed an extension and expansion of their existing Regional Development Objectives Agreement (RDOAG).
The move deepens the strategic partnership and expands the basis for cooperation in developing innovative and sustainable solutions to combat energy poverty, and climate change, and strengthen energy systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
The agreement, signed on the margins of the Africa Energy Forum held in Nairobi, targets ending energy poverty by 2030; accelerating the Just Energy Transition in Africa; and strengthening the enabling environment for clean energy.

The five-year extension, running through September 2028, paves the way for up to $500 million in future contributions from the United States to further RDOAG’s objectives. To date, about $388 million has been channeled through the RDOAG, including direct support for the African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and the Bank’s Desert to Power initiative.

The agreement will also enable the partners to provide financial, technical, and operational support to public, private, civil society, and other stakeholders, including grants, equity and debt investments, and risk mitigation measures.

During the signing Power Africa’s Acting Coordinator, David Thompson highlighted the role of partnerships in accelerating and sustaining the just energy transition.

According to him “The importance of our partnership with the AfDB, as evidenced through this agreement, in achieving our shared ambition of universal access to energy cannot be overemphasized.
We effectively leverage one another’s strengths to accomplish much more jointly than either institution could do on its own,” he said.

African Development Bank Director of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Dr. Daniel Schroth, who signed the extension on behalf of the Bank’s Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate, and Green Growth, echoed the importance of partnerships.

“Power Africa is a long-standing and key partner of the African Development Bank, and a central pillar of our collaboration focuses on mobilising increased private sector investments, which are quintessential to achieving our joint objectives of universal access to energy and a just energy transition in Africa,” Schroth said.

Activities executed under the expanded agreement will align with the Power Africa Strategic Framework, the Bank Group’s New Deal on Energy for Africa, and Sustainable Development Goal 7, all aiming to secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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