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Power Africa

Two out of three people in sub‑Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.

Our Goal

To enable electricity access by adding

New Electricity Connections
60 million new electricity connections
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30,000 Megawatts of new and cleaner power generation

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.

Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It‘s the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs. And it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy. You’ve got to have power.
– President Barack Obama, June 2013

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.

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Last updated: November 10, 2015

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