AfDB Launches “Desert to Power Initiative” in Sudan

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to operationalize the “Desert to Power Initiative” in Sudan.

The Initiative aims to transform precarious situations in the desert part of Africa into development opportunities for local communities.

Abdul Kamara, Manager of AfDB’s Sudan Country Office noted that this would be achieved through integrated interventions that combine energy solutions, agricultural value chain and building resilience to climate change that promotes industrialization.

An AfDB project identification mission is currently in Sudan carrying out consultations with key partners in Government and development agencies in Khartoum as part of the Initiative, with the aim of mobilizing co-financing for the program.

In September 2017, AfDB will organize a technical meeting at its headquarters in collaboration with FAO and other development partners to develop a common road map and financing strategies for the next three to five years.

Sudan projects to increase its electricity access by 13 per cent each year to reach universal access by 2025, which will require both on the grid and off-grid solutions taking advantage of its potential in different energy sources.

Providing access to electricity to power households and businesses will end the vicious cycle of rural poverty, youth unemployment, and climate change.

The “Desert to Power Initiative” will also be launched in Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Senegal.

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