New spirit of collaboration as institutions tackle energy access deficit

Issue 254 - 17 May 2013
The next year will see the emergence of a new institutional architecture to promote increased electricity generation and access to ‘modern’ fuels across sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the acronyms are already familiar: the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) are exciting the consultancies eyeing a new spate of contracts. There will be some fresh initiatives bolted on to these, driven by players such as new African Union (AU) Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and European Union (EU) commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs. Amid the talk, a clearer understanding of who does what may emerge. This is essential if ideas are to be turned into cost-effective action on the ground. “There is still no number to dial where you can find PIDA,” one player comments.

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