Burkina Faso – Programme « Desert to Power » - Yeleen Rural Electrification Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Dec 2018
Signature Date 28 Feb 2019
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 3,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Yeleen Rural Electrification Project is an investment operation involving the construction of mini-grids powered by solar systems and the deployment of stand-alone domestic solar kits. It will be implemented under a public-private partnership (PPP) supported by the Bank, the GCF and the European Union. The project implemented through the deployment of decentralised solar systems is one of the responses to the limited electricity access experienced by the vast majority of the Burkina Faso population, particularly those living in peri-urban and rural areas (rural dwellers account for 70% of the country's total population). By providing electricity access to low-income households in rural areas, the project will help to make the country's development more inclusive and in line with the Bank's Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022, adopted in 2012, with the twin objectives of increased inclusion and transition to green growth in Regional Member Countries (RMCs). Its implementation is articulated around three (3) components: (i) Energy infrastructure; (ii) Technical assistance; and (iii) Project management. The project will be executed over 48 months (2019-2022) with a total cost estimated at EUR 74.76 million.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to increase the electricity access rate in Burkina Faso and more specifically in rural areas by connecting 150,000 households, comprising 50,000 households to mini-green (solar) grids and 100,000 households through the installation of stand-alone solar kits (systems). The project will provide electricity access to approximately 945,000 inhabitants or nearly 5% of the country’s total population.


In total, direct project beneficiaries will be nearly one million rural dwellers. Rural communities will benefit from the indirect spin-offs of the project, in particular by improving the quality of basic public social services in these areas (education, training, health, hygiene and sanitation, drinking water) through the provision of modern and more reliable energy to ensure their proper functioning. Project beneficiaries also include small enterprises, businesses, private institutions, administrative and municipal services, workshops and other small industrial units that will have access to more reliable electricity. ABER is also a direct project beneficiary through the extension of its activities. It will also see its operational capacity strengthened, thanks to the establishment of a platform for monitoring project performance. The same applies to local private stakeholders who will be able to partner with private developers during the project implementation phase (subcontracting of energy equipment assembly activities) and for managing electricity concessions.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Burkina Faso


IATI identifier 46002-P-BF-FA0-010
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Email r.nesiama@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burkina Faso
Coordinates Location Name
12.66 -3 Province du Nayala
11.7 -3.16667 Province des Bale
12.7333 -3.86667 Nouna
12.1833 -4.08333 Solenzo
11.75 -2.93333 Boromo
12.5 -1.66667 Burkina Faso
11.4167 -3.41667 Province du Tuy
11.41 -5 Province du Kenedougou
11.3333 -4.25 Province du Houet
12.16667 -4.16667 Province des Banwa