Africa Minigrids Program

The Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) aims to transform energy markets and support countries to rapidly and cost-effectively provide electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa’s poorest communities.

Join us at COP27 on 15 November at 11:50am at the UNDP Pavilion to formally launch the AMP and discuss how to scale up minigrids to bring electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa’s most remote areas.
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Program Overview

The Africa Minigrids Program is a country-led technical assistance program for minigrids, active in an initial 21 African countries.

Access to energy is a precondition to socio-economic development. Yet half of the people living in sub-Saharan Africa — 568 million people — don’t have access to electricity, effectively locking some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in poverty.

Solar-battery minigrids hold great potential to boost electricity access in the AMP’s 21 countries.

The program’s objective is to support access to sustainable energy by increasing the financial viability of, and promoting scaled up investment in, renewable energy minigrids in Africa, with a focus on cost-reduction levers and innovative business models. Building on existing work done by minigrid stakeholders across Africa, the program will work with countries to put in place the policies and regulations that enable large-scale private investment, durably creating the conditions for renewable energy minigrids to be deployed at scale.

In doing so, the AMP aims to bring the development benefits of energy access to a wide array of communities across the continent by focusing on supporting productive uses of energy, which supports socio-economic development by enhancing the quality of sectors that require energy input such as agriculture, healthcare, education, and small businesses.

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Geographical Coverage

The 21 AMP countries represent a diverse set of African countries, each with their own energy market specificities and development contexts: large and smaller markets; Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone countries; small island developing states; and countries in post-crisis contexts.

Our Partners

With funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be implementing the AMP together with RMI and the African Development Bank, working together with a wide array of minigrid stakeholders in Africa and beyond.

With country-level projects led by national implementing partners, the program will benefit from regional coordination and knowledge sharing activities co-led by UNDP and RMI including an AMP community of practice implemented by RMI’s The Energy Transition Academy.

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