Two out of three people in sub‑Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.
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President Obama launched Power Africa to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power.
The Power Africa Toolbox
The resources needed to unlock the power of sub‑Saharan Africa.
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NEW MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Now delivered monthly, the Power Africa newsletter brings you the latest updates on how we are driving deals, making connections, and improving lives in sub-Saharan Africa. The October issue features Power Africa’s partnership with Sweden to boost renewable energy, a spotlight on how we are reaching homes and businesses beyond the grid, the unveiling of the largest solar farm ever built on a college campus, and much more.Read the full newsletter
OBAMA PROMOTES OFF-GRID ENERGY
President Obama joins public and private sector stakeholders to increase access to off-grid clean energy in places like sub-Saharan Africa. This White House fact sheet highlights a number of new actions, including efforts through Power Africa, that will help bring vital electricity connections to homes and businesses while reducing the drivers of climate change.Read the White House Fact Sheet
Power Africa Annual Report: Second Year in Review
Power Africa‘s Annual Report highlights the progress the Presidential Initiative has made in its second year, the lessons learned, and the roadmap for the future. The report highlights achievements to date and progress made toward the new goals set by President Obama at the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit.Download the Report
USAID powers bomas in Tanzania
Tanzania‘s rural population makes up almost 70 percent of the country. Of this rural population, just one out of 10 have access to electricity. Power Africa is supporting new photovoltaic “micro-grids” for Maasai bomas, or settlements. With power for the first time, children can study at night, cell phones can be charged in case of emergencies, refrigerators used to keep medicine and milk cold and used to deter intruders from a community‘s cattle at night.Watch the Video
Teresia Turns On The Light
Teresia Olotai knows that life can be hard for Maasai women. When the sun goes down, their responsibilities remain, but the obstacles grow. That all changed in 2013 when Power Africa arrived. Electricity has brought more than just light to Lobulu bona. It’s given the Maasai a door to the world.Read Her Story
Images of Power
Our partners and teams across sub‑Saharan Africa are working everyday, one megawatt, one connection at a time to create a brighter, more vibrant clean energy future for sub‑Saharan Africa. While this will take time and years for results and impact to truly be felt and seen, through our photo gallery you can watch the ongoing impact of energy innovation, the work of Power Africa‘s partners unfold.View the Gallery
Power Africa works in all of Sub‑Saharan Africa
Power Africa is currently expanding its activities and presence across all of sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last year, Power Africa has extended the initiative into new markets. Examples of Power Africa's existing and planned activities include work in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Liberia, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda.* Please continue to visit our website as we add details about new activities to increase access to electricity.
*This list is illustrative and does not include every country where Power Africa works.