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Coordination in Africa’s Off-grid Sector is Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Energy Access

 

Over the last decade, off-grid electrification technology has contributed to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 especially for people living in rural off-grid areas. A decrease in costs and the increased distribution of more affordable stand-alone solar solutions is providing electricity access for at least 160 million people across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Governments, donors and the private sector have contributed to this success.

Despite these efforts, some developing countries are struggling to reach universal access goals especially for the vulnerable communities. Market Assessments conducted by the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) in 14 African countries found that lack of adequate
coordination has led to high levels of fragmentation between stakeholders and inconsistent enforcement of off-grid regulations.

Subsequently, ACE TAF has been supporting coordination efforts in the 14 countries. This brief provides evidence of the benefits of an effective coordination mechanism and highlights
case studies from Zambia and Sierra Leone.

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