In order to boost energy expansion in West Africa, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is expected to give Liberia, Burkina Faso, and Mozambique US$50 million for their energy expansion projects.
Following the success of Sweden’s investment in small-scale energy services in Zambia, the project expansion will give between five and 15 million people in rural and slum areas access to electricity.
“Electricity is a prerequisite for people to lift themselves out of poverty. By leapfrogging the national electricity grid and promoting innovative off-grid solutions, we make it easier to study after dark, charge mobile phones and computers, and keep food chilled,” said Carin Jämtin, Director General of SIDA.
“Through solar home systems or microgrids for villages, millions of people can get access to electricity that otherwise would have been left unconnected in the foreseeable future,” Carin added.