Multinational - Desert-to-Power Initiative East-Africa Regional Energy Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Mar 2022
Signature Date 12 May 2022
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2026
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 4,000,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The Desert to Power (“DtP”) aims to accelerate socioeconomic development through the deployment of solar technologies at scale in the 11 countries of the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan). The project will increase professional integration and job creation for women through productive use activities from future mini-grid projects and improve women’s access through on and off-grid infrastructure. The main components of the project are: (I) harmonization of the Regional Regulatory and Policy Framework, which aims to propose a portfolio of policy measures, laws, regulations, and incentives to be implemented at national and – when applicable – regional levels in the East Africa Sahel region; (II) technical Studies for Development of Regional Solar Parks, which aims to support the implementation of regional solar parks to respond to electricity demand in the region; (III) capacity Building which aims to enhance IGAD skills in energy planning; technical, legal, financial and environmental aspects of RE technologies; and (IV) project management which comprises the quality control and supervision of the project.

Project Objectives

The project development objective is to develop and harmonize RE policy and conduct technical studies.


The Project’s direct beneficiary is IGAD which comprises the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. However, the immediate focus of the project is the four East African countries that are part of the Desert to Power countries, notably Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Indirect beneficiaries will be electricity users in these 8 countries who will benefit from enhanced access to reliable and affordable power through the East Africa Power Pool, thus leading to a reduction in tariffs.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-F00-129
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name NJERU Anthony Karembu

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
9.02497 38.7469 Addis Ababa
11.58901 43.14503 Djibouti
15.55177 32.53241 Khartoum
15.3333 38.9333 Asmara