Investments in the energy sector are being prioritized as a precondition to sustainable development by many African governments, regional organizations as well as the international donor community. As a result, numerous initiatives have been started with the common goal of bolstering and supporting the continent in reaching a sustainable energy future. This increasing number of initiatives also leads to a greater need for coordination. As a minimum, information about who is doing what must be available to highlight opportunities, synergies and overlap within Africa’s energy sector.
Thus far the mapping study has already captured and described more than 50 international and multilateral renewable energy, energy efficiency and access to energy initiatives and programs in Africa. Information regarding the programs was initially collected through publicly accessible sources and then complemented by data available in the archives of the AEEP secretariat. This information was then sent directly to the representatives of the organizations of the selected initiatives and programs for their review, thereby allowing the information to be validated.
The Mapping of Initiatives has been undertaken in the context of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) with the involvement and support of numerous partners. The African Union Commission (AUC) is offering political leadership, with input from the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub based at the African Development Bank (AfDB). Other key stakeholders including the European Commission, IRENA, UNEP, the World Bank, among others, have expressed their support and contributed actively. The African Energy Commission will be hosting the mapping website.
The mapping provides the basis for a continuous coordination effort spearheaded by African stakeholders that will help make development cooperation on energy in Africa more effective and more efficient.
Twice a year the AEEP’s Steering Group meets to discuss the most recent developments on energy in Africa and Europe, to coordinate work and to identify projects and issues of common interest. The AEEP Secretariat supports this work through its role as an internal think-tank on important issues and initiatives. Additionally, the AEEP seconds experts to the Department of Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission to increase their capacities and strengthen their mandate.