Achieving clean energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa

A clean energy revolution in sub-Saharan Africa is urgently needed to win the fight against energy poverty, to promote robust development and to make it more sustainable. Clean energy can unlock sustainable economic growth, improve human health and well-being and enable women and children to lead more productive lives. It will also raise human security and build resilience in nation states and communities. This report takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities to provide clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa. Packages of policies are needed to promote clean energy access, including electricity for productive uses and a full range of technical solutions –notably off-grid and mini-grid renewables, energy efficiency –as well as clean cooking. Innovative financing and improved public sector governance are essential ingredients to make markets work. Delivering on this golden opportunity for development requires not just more money but policy attention and massive political effort from both domestic and international actors.