EAST AFRICA: ADF Provides $5 Million for Desert to Power Program in 4 Countries

The African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional lending arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, is providing a technical assistance grant for the implementation of the Desert to Power program in four countries in the eastern Sahel.

The Desert to Power initiative is expanding to the eastern Sahel. The African Development Bank (AfDB), which initiated the program, announced the release of $5.5 million in funding for four countries. This is a technical assistance grant that will enable Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and Eritrea to implement this regional program.

The grant will support technical studies for regional solar parks and battery power storage near regional energy interconnectors, high-voltage cables that connect the power systems of neighbouring countries. The Desert to Power program is being implemented in the eastern Sahel through the East Africa Regional Energy Project.