An Action Agenda to Power Up All in The Gambia
Congratulations to The Gambia!
It was obvious this week how serious The Gambia is about improving energy access for all and increasing the use of renewable energy in the country. Stakeholders and participants from a number Gambian agencies and other African energy ministries met to review and validate the Gambia’s National Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus.
Sustainable Energy 4 All Initiative
This project, part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative was supported by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and The Gambia Ministry of Energy, partnering with BizClim and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to jump-start energy access and renewable energy projects in The Gambia. Power Up Gambia’s proposed expansion of the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital solar power project (as a way to generate electricity and revenue to sustain our energy projects in hospitals and clinics) was highlighted by the Ministry of Energy as the type of project they would like to see prioritized for investment and funding!
Our Executive Director Lynn McConville and hospital CEO Kebba Badgie were able to present the project to the workshop participants, and network with a number of international agencies working to implement the goals of the SE4All initiative. SE4All is a global initiative launched by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in September 2011, focusing on three goals: (1) Ensuring universal access to modern energy services; (2) Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and (3) Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. Gambia is now one of the first countries in Africa to produce its own Investment Prospectus to accelerate the implementation of SE4ALL.
We have high hopes that new Action Agenda can help Power Up Gambia accelerate our efforts to ensure that every health facility has the clean, reliable, renewable electricity they need to provide quality health care throughout the country. Based on results of the validation workshop, the Investment Prospectus will be finalized in the next few weeks. We will post a link to it as soon as it is available online! In the meantime, you can learn more about this exciting initiative.