The African Development Bank on 7 November approved a €42.3m ($48.2m) loan to support the national rural electrification programme. The loan will be disbursed over three years from 2019 and is intended to support the government’s aim of connecting all communities of more than 500 inhabitants to the grid by 2021. Three districts in the north of the country – Savanes, Woroba and Zanzan – will be connected to the grid via medium-voltage lines, giving around 260,000 people access to electricity.