AfDB embarks upon Desert to Power initiative

The African Development Bank has embarked on the Desert to Power Initiative to make Africa a renewable energy powerhouse. The initiative aims to develop 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity in the Sahel region. Currently, 64 per cent of Sahel’s population – covering Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea – lives without electricity, which is a major barrier to development. The details of the Desert to Power Initiative were outlined in the climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The project has been launched in collaboration with the Green Climate Fund, created by the 194 countries that are party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to support developing countries in mitigating climate change.

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