Burkina Faso - Desert to Power - Electrification and Power Connection Development Project (PEDECEL)

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Sep 2021
Signature Date 29 Sep 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 50,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Electrification and Power Connection Development Project (PEDECEL) is an investment project in keeping with the Burkinabe Government’s vision of achieving access to power for all by 2030 and with the Bank’s Desert to Power Initiative aimed at harnessing solar potential in eleven (11) Sahel countries, including Burkina Faso, to facilitate the achievement of the power-for-all objective. Burkina Faso’s power access rate is one of the lowest in the West African subregion. At the end of 2020, the national rate was 22.5% compared with an average sub-regional rate of 40%. The Government of Burkina Faso has set itself the target of achieving a national power access rate of 60% by 2027, with 90% in urban areas and at least 30% in rural areas. The experience of recent power projects has revealed that the payment of connection charges is a serious impediment to the connection of low-income households to the grid. This project is not only in line with the objective of expanding the distribution grid, but will also remove that obstacle. The estimated project cost is UA 115.5 million and will be co-financed by ADF, SEFA, EIB, BADEA, POWER AFRICA WAEP, the Government and SONABEL. The project implementation period will be 51 months from October 2021 to December 2025.

Project Objectives

PEDECEL will expand the power distribution grid to facilitate the population’s access to quality electricity in several peri-urban and rural localities in 10 of Burkina Faso’s administrative regions. The other 3 regions have already been covered by the Yeleen1 Solar Power Plant Development and National Power Grid Reinforcement Project, approved by the Bank in 2019. More specifically, the project will result in the connection of 218,400 new households to the power grid using an innovative system that will defer payment of subscription fees, which restrict access to electricity for most of the country’s population.


The project’s direct beneficiaries will be SONABEL, the Burkina Faso government and the 218,400 new customers who will be more easily connected to the power grid by initially paying only XOF 3000 (instead of an average XOF 140,000). The remaining connection charges will be paid in monthly instalments over 3 years. The project will also benefit the entire population living in the localities covered, estimated at approximately 528,000, i.e. about 1,528,800 people, who will benefit directly, of whom 790,390 women (51.7%). Through the distribution grid expansion, these persons will benefit from improved quality of services provided by basic social and public establishments (local governments, health centres, schools and training workshops, etc.) and street lighting.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-BF-FA0-013
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name DJAIGBE Pierre
Email p.djaigbe@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burkina Faso
Coordinates Location Name
12.3657 -1.53388 Ouagadougou
11.17715 -4.2979 Bobo-Dioulasso
12.25 -2.36667 Koudougou