Cote d'Ivoire - Project to Improve Access to Electricity in Rural Areas

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Nov 2018
Signature Date 28 Feb 2019
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 32,598,813.47
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Project to Improve Access to Electricity in Rural Areas (PAEMIR) is an investment operation to extend medium-voltage electricity networks and connections in rural areas. The project covers three districts in northern Côte d'Ivoire (Savanes, Woroba and Zanzan), and concerns 426 localities with an estimated population of 259,486. The project falls within the National Rural Electrification Programme (PRONER), which aims to electrify all localities with more than 500 inhabitants by 2019 and the entire country by 2025. PAEMIR will also enhance the complementarity of rural electrification operations by extending networks under the off-grid electrification system approved by the Bank in 2018 on the private sector window, which targets areas far away from the networks. In addition, the project will enhance the synergy of all ongoing rural electrification projects with operations financed by the Bank over the past three years to strengthen the generation capacity of CIPREL and AZITO power plants. The project has four components: (i) Power Infrastructure; (ii) Social Connections; (iii) Institutional Support; and (iv) Project Management. The total cost is estimated at EUR 48.51 million. The project implementation will cover 36 months, from 2019 to 2021.

Project Objectives

The project's development objective is to increase access to electricity in Côte d'Ivoire, and more specifically in the rural areas of Savanes, Woroba and Zanzan Districts. The project aims to extend the medium-voltage networks from existing source substations and build distribution networks in the 426 localities concerned, make 23,549 connections for households, and install public lighting units.


The beneficiary population is estimated at 259,486 according to data from the 2014 General Population and Housing Census. The direct beneficiaries are the 23,459 households that will be directly connected to the power grid through the project, and will thus have access to electricity. There are several dozen schools and training centres in the project area that will also be direct beneficiaries through their connection to the power grid, thanks to the project. In addition, these communities host several health facilities with small storage and sterilisation facilities (refrigerators, stoves, etc.) that operate intermittently with kerosene.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-CI-FA0-017
Last Update 02 Oct 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Cote d'Ivoire
Coordinates Location Name
8.50016 -3.21384 Zanzan
9.48829 -5.49419 Savanes
7.99044 -6.62544 Woroba