The African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to roll out the 'Desert to Power Initiative' to eleven countries in Afrika including Sudan. The Initiative is a collaboration between the AfDB and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

An AfDB project identification mission was in Sudan on the backdrop of the FAO’s Consultation Workshop on project preparation for Green Climate Fund from 24 to 27 July 2017 to consult with key partners in Sudan's government and other development agencies in Khartoum as part of the Desert to Power Initiative.

In his key note remarks at the opening session on 25 July 2017 in Khartoum, Abdul Kamara, Manager of AfDB’s Sudan Country Office said that the objective of the Initiative is to transform precarious situations in the desert part of Afrika into development opportunities for local communities.

The Afrikan countries which will form part of the Initiative include Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Senegal and Sudan.

Kamara added that for the initiative to achieve its development goals it would require integrated interventions that combine energy solutions, agricultural value chain and building resilience to climate change that promotes industrialization.

The workshop was a prelude to a technical meeting to be held at AfDB headquarters in September 2017. This forthcoming meeting, which is being organized in collaboration with FAO, the Great Green Wall, and other development partners, will develop a common road map and financing strategies for the next three to five years.

Sudan has indicates it wants to increase its access to electricity by 13% each year to reach universal access by 2025. For this to be achieved, it will require on grid and off-grid solutions, taking advantage of Sudan’s potential in different sources of energy like solar power.

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