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Regional Meeting of the African Least Developed Countries on Sustainable Energy

5 December, 2016 - 6 December, 2016



The acute energy gap faced by the least developed countries is a binding constraint on their structural transformation. Reliable and affordable access to energy is a key development multiplier with a large transformative power. It is essential for private sector development, productive capacity building and expansion of trade and it also has strong linkages to climate action, health, education, water and food security and women empowerment.

The Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) recognizes that access to affordable, reliable and renewable energy and related technologies, as well as the efficient use and distribution of energy will be critically important for accelerating growth, improving livelihoods and advancing sustainable development. Therefore, access to energy is one of the priority areas for action in the IPoA, which includes 3 goals and targets related to energy:

  • Strive to increase total primary energy supply per capita to the same level as other developing countries;
  • Significantly increase the share of electricity generation through renewable energy sources by 2020;
  • Enhance capacities in energy production, trade and distribution with the aim of ensuring access to energy for all by 2030.


The regional meeting will convene senior officials and energy experts from the least developed countries and aims to build national leadership in the energy sector and create stronger multistakeholder partnerships to improve access to finance. It will especially:

(1) showcase and discuss financing models and initiatives that have worked and could accelerate the energy transition in other LDCs as well;

(2) enhance sustainable energy project development capacities in LDCs and;

(3) share experiences in preparing investment prospectuses and discuss best practices among LDCs. The discussions at the regional meeting will feed into the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by bringing in unique views on how those furthest behind have embarked on SDG 7 implementation.


This meeting will be organized jointly by the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, with support from UNDP Country Office in Tanzania. The regional meeting will convene senior officials and energy experts from the African least developed countries, UN system, regional organisations, development banks and development partners. In addition, selected private sector partners from both energy sector and investment sector, as well as relevant foundations and civil society representatives will be invited.

The regional meeting was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Finland. The United Nations Development Programme also contributed financially.


General Documents:
Regional Meeting SummaryEnglish
Programme (Final)English
Draft ProgrammeEnglish
Concept NoteEnglish
Information NoteEnglish
Background Paper by UN-OHRLLSEnglish
Session 1 (Background Note)English
Session 2 (Background Note)English
Session 3 (Background Note)English
Session 4 (Background Note)English
List of ParticipantsEnglish
Statements & Presentations
Opening Session
Statement by USG Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya English
Opening Statement by Mr. Pekka HukkaEnglish
Opening Statement by Mr. Alvaro RodriguezEnglish
Session 1
"Update on the SE4All Activities in Africa, Including Overview of the Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus Processes in Africa" by Dr. Daniel SchrothEnglish
"Sustainable Energy Investment Plan in National Development Strategy: The Gambia" by Mr. Kemo Kending CeesayEnglish
"Tanzania SE4ALL Action Agenda & Investment Prospectus" by Mr. Styden N. RwebangilaEnglish
"Sustainable Development Action Agenda and Investment Plan: The Zambian Case" by Mrs. Anna BandaEnglish
"Lien entre les Plans d’investissements d’Energie Durable et la Stratégie Nationale de Développement" by Mr. Adama Yoro SidibeFrench
Session 2
"Sustainable Energy for African LDC" by Mrs. Catherine Collin English
"Financing Initiatives and Business Plans That Work: Focusing on Grid Solutions" by Mr. Aaron NanyaroEnglish
"Case Study on off Grid Solution: Initiatives and Business Plans That Work" by Mr. Steve WasiraEnglish
"Providing Affordable Off-Grid Energy and Financing For All" by Mr. David DambergerEnglish
"Rift Valley Energy" by Mr. Mike GratwickeEnglish
"Unlocking Domestic Finance for Rural Energy Projects" by Mr. George M. NchwaliEnglish
Session 3
"Benefitting From Global and Regional Energy Initiatives" by Dr. Bartholomew ArmahEnglish
"GEF Investment in LCDS: Experience in Africa and Looking Forward" by Dr. Ming YangEnglish
"Energy Africa" by Mr. Kazi HossainEnglish
"GET FiT: Leveraging Private Investments in Renewable Energy" by Mr. Joakim Arntsen English
"UNIDO Initiatives on Energy and Environment in Tanzania" by Mr. Gerald RunyoroEnglish
Session 4
"Economic and Financial Viability in RE Projects" by Ms. Katharina TrachmannEnglish
"Mainstream Renewable Power" by Mr. Liam LeahyEnglish
"Addressing Project Preparation Capacities & Access to Blended Finance" by Mr. Peter Malika English
"Implementation of SE4LL Initiative in Tanzania (2017-2022)" by Dr. Balasankari Krishnan English
"Outils et instruments de Préparation de Suivi de la Mise en œuvre de Projets et Programmes au Sénégal" by Mr. Mamadou DiaFrench
"Electricity Sector in Mauritania" by Mr. Ely OudeikaEnglish
Closing Session
Remarks by Ms. Virginia Blaser English
Closing Remarks by Mr. Roeland van de GeerEnglish
Closing Statement by Mr. Alvaro RodriguezEnglish



Building on the momentum from this year’s Africa Energy Forum, the most established investment-level conference for Africa’s power sector, the Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid will focus on project opportunities for mini and off grid technology providers and developers. The Summit will bring together ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organisations and off grid businesses to discuss topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa.

50% registration discount available for UN-OHRLLS delegates 


Power to the People: Mobilizing Investment and Innovation for Sustainable Energy in Africa

High-level Roundtable organized jointly by UN-OHRLLS and EnergyNet Limited, 6 December 2016

  • When: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, 6 December 2016
  •  Where: Conference Hall of Bank of Tanzania, 2 Mirambo Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11884
  • Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Us7dmk9DJE22

The event will draw synergies from the two sustainable energy events, which are running back to back in Dar es Salaam, during a week dedicated to sustainable energy. Roundtable participants will discuss practical ways forward for African countries to achieve the three universal goals on sustainable energy. With a particular focus on building durable partnerships and financing initiatives, contributors will draw on their direct experience working in the field of sustainable energy, sharing success stories but also highlighting challenges and lessons learned in mobilizing investment and innovation.

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