Two out of three people in sub‑Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.
To enable electricity access by adding
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.
See the full toolbox here.
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
President Obama Visit to Africa
President Obama outlines the role of entrepreneurship and the private sector in advancing sub-Saharan Africa’s energy future. This White House fact sheet highlights the progress Power Africa has made in its first two years, detailing announcements and developments across the multi-agency initiative.Read the White House Fact Sheet
Photo Contest: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Watts
What does “Power Africa” look like? We asked our partners to show us through a photography. Partners from around the world submitted pictures to our first photo contest. Their images showcase the diversity of our collective impact and reach, and the power of Africa. Our partners are changing people‘s lives, businesses, and governments â€“ see for yourself.View the Gallery
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.