Independent Power Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons from Five Key Countries
Published: 2016
Last Updated: 14 Jul 2024
Author:Anton Eberhard, Katharine Gratwick, Elvira Morella, and Pedro Antmann

The track record of Sub-Saharan Africa’s power sector is dismal. Two out of three households in Sub-Saharan Africa, close to 600 million people, have no electricity connection. Most countries in the region have pitifully low access rates, including rural areas that are the world’s most underserved. In some countries, less than 5 percent of the rural population has access to electricity. This report highlights not only the challenges that policy makers are facing but also the underlying factors that contributed to healthy investment climates. Ultimately, the report is intended to offer references, options, and tools that may help African countries achieve scaled-up and sustainable power sector investment for the benefit of their people and their economies as a whole.

Document TypeLessons, Case Studies
SectorPower, Energy
File TypePDF
Keywordindependent power producers (IPPs)
TopicProject Identification, Financing, Universal Access
ContributorWorld Bank Group (WBG)
RegionSub-Saharan Africa