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The Niger Solar Electricity Access Project, agreed this summer by the World Bank Group, commits $45.55m in soft International Development Association credits for a programme costing nearly $50m. One of Africa’s poorest countries will receive support for stand-alone solar systems ($7m), rural electrification through service-based solar hybrid mini-grids ($8.2m) and the hybridisation of isolated thermal mini-grids and expansion of access ($22.46m); there is also $7.89m for implementation support and technical assistance.