Africa LEDS Partnership

Low Emission Development Strategies in Africa

Recording available: Interconnected mini-grids: A key component of Africa’s energy future?

Recording available: Interconnected mini-grids: A key component of Africa’s energy future? 300 176 KM

DATE : Wednesday 14 April, 2021

TIME: 14:00 UTC, 15:00 WAT, 16:00 CET/SAST, 17:00 EAT

Can interconnected mini-grids (IMGs, also called “grid-connected” or “undergrid” mini grids) become an essential component for providing more affordable, reliable, and sustainable power in urban and semi-urban areas in Africa? This seminar brought together experts, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the role that renewable-based IMGs can play in the continent’s future energy system. They explored current investment risks and barriers; analysed policy, regulatory, and finance instruments that can mitigate them; and showcased experiences from Nigeria, Uganda, and across Africa.

Watch the recording:

Host

Josh Ogada, SouthSouthNorth (SSN) & Africa LEDS Partnership

Speakers

Alexander Ochs, SD Strategies (SDS) & LEDS GP Energy Working Group
Interconnected Mini Grids: A key component of Africa’s energy future? – Download Alexanders presentation HERE.

Divyam Nagpal, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Policies and regulations for interconnected mini-grids – Download Divyam’s presentation HERE.

Joan Chahenza, Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA)
An in-depth look at barriers and enablers of integrated mini-grids in Africa – Download Joan’s presentation HERE.

Anita Otubu, Renewable Energy Agency (REA), Nigeria
Nigeria’s IMG program. Insights and future ambition – Download Anita’s presentation HERE.

Riccardo Ridolfi, Equatorial Power
Uganda Utilities 2.0 project

Download the seminar Q&As HERE

PRESS RELEASE

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PRESS RELEASE

Africa LEDS Partnership Members Reaffirm Shared Ambition Towards Low-Emission Energy and Agriculture Systems in Africa

April 21, 2021 (ONLINE)

In association with the Leaders Summit on Climate Change hosted by President Biden (April 22-23), the Africa LEDS Partnership today reaffirmed the shared ambition of its African members to accelerate transitions to net zero emission and resilient agricultural and energy systems across Africa. This builds on the current Africa LEDS Partnership communities of practice on low emission agriculture and energy systems which engage officials and experts from 17 African countries. This expanded effort will work with country participants to develop shared goals and tailored national pathways that that prioritize climate actions that have multiple benefits for both the economy and people’s lives and livelihoods and support inclusive economic recovery and green growth. And it will mobilize technical and peer-based support for countries to plan and implement ambitious actions aligned with these pathways.

“I strongly support the work of the Africa LEDS Partnership in achieving equitable and net-zero emission energy and agriculture systems that can support inclusive economic recovery and green growth. This will have positive impacts on vulnerable societies in sub-Saharan Africa, where COVID-19 has had especially adverse effects on energy access and food security, which were existing problems before the pandemic.” (John Yeboah, Ghana Energy Commission and senior AfLP representative)

With support from the governments of the United States and Germany, the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) will deliver technical assistance for the activities of this coalition. This includes expanding support for development of shared visions and national implementation pathways and NDC planning, technical assistance for implementation of actions and workforce development, knowledge exchange on innovative solutions, and mobilization of investment.

As the regional nexus for LEDS GP in Africa, the AfLP brings together representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector working to advance low emission development strategies across the continent and works to address LEDS priorities and challenges specific to Africa through peer-to-peer learning and regional collaboration. This work is implemented through focused communities of practice on energy and agriculture systems, which provide technical collaboration platforms for practitioners from over 17 countries in Africa.

The LEDS GP is a global accelerator of knowledge and solutions that lead the way to climate resilient and low-carbon development. It is a platform driven by climate leaders in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean that enables collaborative and ambitious climate action, peer learning and innovation. The LEDS GP fosters country leadership and regional communities that enable the transformational changes needed for low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

For more information, please contact the AfLP Secretariat at: africasecretariat@ledsgp.org.

Virtual preparatory training for Tier 2 livestock GHG quantification in Zimbabwe

Virtual preparatory training for Tier 2 livestock GHG quantification in Zimbabwe 1346 960 KM

Virtual preparatory training for Tier 2 livestock GHG quantification in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s livestock sector contributes significantly to its socio-economic development through providing employment to 65% of rural (smallholder) livelihoods and contributing up to 20% of GDP. Zimbabwe is currently producing its Fourth National Inventory Report and its first Biannual Update Report (BUR) using a Tier 1 method. There are ongoing collaborative relationships between the agriculture and environment ministries and data providers in the livestock sector on the harmonization of data collection and reporting tools. This provides a strong basis for preparing to transition from a Tier 1 to a Tier 2 inventory method. The Tier 2 method is a more elaborate method that enables farm-level assessment of mitigation potential. 

The AfLP responded to requests from the Zimbabwe Climate Change Management Department (CCMD) for technical assistance (TA) to complement the ongoing and future planned support by other partners. In collaboration with stakeholders, the AfLP and LEDS GP Climate Help Desk assisted by hosting a three-day webinar series and training, from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December, to better understand the requirements for a transition from a Tier 1 to a Tier 2 method. The objective of the technical assistance was to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders from the livestock sector to better understand how to implement the IPCC Guidelines for quantification of livestock GHG emissions using the Tier 2 method in order to strengthen the national MRV system. In addition, the TA aimed to identify the data needs and gaps, and to co-create a list of key actions that could form the basis for a roadmap to progressing to Tier 2. The sessions were convened by Mr Lawrence Mashungu (CCMD) and facilitated by Dr Walter Svinurai (Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology) and Prof. Farai Mapanda (University of Zimbabwe), with technical inputs by Andreas Wilkes (UNIQUE forestry and land use).

The technical discussions were orientated around how to implement the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (the livestock-specific guidance can be found here). In addition, The FAO, the GRA and CCAFS have produced specific guidance on how to compile activity data required to implement the Tier 2 method for livestock, and can be found here. The IPCC method for more advanced quantification of livestock emissions appears complicated, and the workshop broke down the main data needs and tasks into easy-to-understand and manageable components, so that all stakeholders – including those without in-depth knowledge on GHG emissions – could clearly see what needs to be done to compile an improved inventory.

The first day focused on an introduction to the IPCC Tier 2 method and its requirement, as well as Zimbabwe’s progress to date and institutional arrangements. Participants noted that the application of the Tier 2 method could result in more consistent, comparable and robust estimates of livestock GHG emissions. There was strong agreement that the Tier 2 method provides a valuable opportunity to improve basic livestock data, leading to effective mitigation policies being identified. It was further emphasised that it is important for national stakeholders to be clear on what the intended benefits are for Zimbabwe’s livestock sector (e.g. leveraging investments, GHG mitigation co-benefits of adaptation etc). This event was subsequently noted as an important step in the transition process.

The second and third day focussed on group discussions on livestock population data needs and options for tier 2 GHG quantification. The Tier 2 method requires only total population data for dairy cattle and other cattle, subsequently using data on cattle sub-populations. In Zimbabwe’s inventory, non-dairy cattle are the main source of GHG emissions. Although IPCC Guidelines make recommendations for livestock characterization countries have different ways of defining dairy and non-dairy cattle. 

Group discussions took place about the categorization suitable for Zimbabwe and possible data sources and data gaps. A major challenge is that when the Tier 2 method is adopted, it must be applied to the whole time series for cattle enteric fermentation emissions back to the initial year of the inventory (i.e., 1990 in the case of Zimbabwe). Despite this challenge, there are methods to fill gaps if some data is not available (eg. proxy indicators, data from neighbouring countries, expert judgement, amongst others). The key point emerging from these discussions is that it is important that all agencies involved understand each other’s’ methodologies, and that there is a common understanding and awareness of the benefits of collaborating moving forward. 

The event culminated in a number of feasible actions that stakeholders can take in the short-term to prepare the Tier 2 inventory compilation process. Notable actions include clarifying the institutional arrangements for coordination amongst stakeholders, developing a join step-by-step action plan, and mobilising the resources to implement the action plan. Stakeholders in Zimbabwe have already begun to plan follow-up actions, some of which can be implemented in the framework of ongoing MRV capacity building projects supported by UNDP and UN FAO. Proposals for the additional support required will be drafted and communicated with other international partners supporting low-emission livestock development. 

Download the workshop report and presentations here

Webinar: NDC Private Sector Reports for Africa Webinar

Webinar: NDC Private Sector Reports for Africa Webinar 640 390 KM

Invitation to the NDC Private Sector Reports for Africa Webinar

DATE : Thursday 18 February, 2021

TIME: 14:00 – 16:00 GMT

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Climate action not only presents profitable investment opportunities for the private sector but also helps protect those investments from the devastating impacts of climate change.  To support the private sector with climate action, the African Development Bank, in partnership with the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA), in 2019 launched the Private Sector Investment Initiative for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Africa in six pilot countries – Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa. The NDC Private Sector Reports for Africa Webinar brings together the private sector, policymakers, and other stakeholders to present and discuss the key findings of the seven reports. The reports identify opportunities and entry points for private sector participation in NDC implementation in Africa, with special focus on the six pilot countries. The reports highlight key case studies that showcase replicable and scalable private sector innovation that support the fight against climate change. They also point out the challenges to private sector participation in NDC implementation – and recommend solutions. 

The webinar features a panel discussion and a presentation on the key findings of the seven reports. WebinarProgramme.pdf 

For additional information, please contact climatechange@afdb.org

Job Opportunity: Project & Communication Assistant

Job Opportunity: Project & Communication Assistant 600 377 aflp

A Project & Communication Assistant position has become available for a project implemented by the African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB-ER) in partnership with SouthSouthNorth:

Job title: Project & Communication Assistant 

Reports to: Executive secretary 

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (with frequent travel in Africa)

CLUB-ER is a networking organization seeking to immediately hire an organized, motivated and detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team. This individual will provide high-level administrative support within the project and communications activities. 

For more information, please refer to the full job description.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Hary Andriantavy, at hary_andriantavy@club-er.org.

Closing date: 29 December 2020

World Bank Report identifies key economy-wide actions for long-term decarbonization and sustainable recovery

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World Bank Report identifies key economy-wide actions for long-term decarbonization and sustainable recovery

World Bank Outlook 2050 Strategic Directions Note examines how the World Bank can help countries plan for and achieve long-term decarbonization: through country programs, technical assistance, lending, and knowledge products. Supporting countries in a transition to long-term decarbonization requires the World Bank to not only look 3–5 years ahead, but look decades ahead, and then work with our clients to determine the near- and mid-term implications. It also proposes four pillars that can drive a ‘whole of economy’ approach to reaching decarbonization by mid-century, namely, macroeconomic frameworks, national budgets, financial sector regulations and incentives, and systems planning. It also examined actions across sectors that will drive this forward: food systems, land use, energy, mobility, water systems, low-carbon cities, oceans, and digital transformation. These strategies can also help countries with the economic recovery from COVID-19, optimizing the use of public resources, as well as mobilizing private finance, and securing a safer climate in the longer term.

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INVITATION! Inaugural Meeting of the Revived AfLP AFOLU CoP

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INVITATION!
Inaugural Meeting of the Revived AfLP AFOLU CoP

DATE: Wednesday 09 September, 2020 TIME: 15h00 – 16h30 (SAST)
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We would like to cordially invite you to our inaugural meeting of the revitalised AFOLU CoP. As stated in our previous communication to you, this session will be an opportunity introduce the AfLP Secretariat and the Unique Forestry and Landuse teams as well as get to know you and hear from you all as members. 

We will consult and agree on the work programme and CoP priorities for the rest of 2020-2021.

This CoP is expected to be interactive and demand-driven to meet members’ needs, therefore participants also play a big role in agenda and priority setting and are encouraged to engage early in discussions and share their experiences, especially in this first meeting. We look forward to hearing more about your background, experiences, challenges and possibly  ideas for this CoP. 

Please click the link below to register for the discussion to be held on September 09, 2020 at 15h00 SAST

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Invitation: The AMG-CoP “coffee-break” Thematic Discussion #1: Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

Invitation: The AMG-CoP “coffee-break” Thematic Discussion #1: Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery 3500 2332 aflp

The AMG-CoP “coffee-break” Thematic Discussion #1: Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

DATE: Thursday 10 September, 2020 TIME: 16h00 – 17h30 (SAST)
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Greetings from the Africa LEDS Partnership Secretariat! We hope that this finds you well. We would like to cordially invite you to our first “coffee break” thematic discussion on: 

Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

As countries recover from COVID-19, there will be a need for dedicated investment and government action to revitalize hard-hit economies. Reductions in the labor force and tourism due to restrictions on movement and economic losses, as well as disruptions in global supply chains will likely lead to declines in production and private-sector investment, and a multitude of negative impacts for individuals, businesses and economies. 

This recovery also presents an opportunity. Investment in minigrids and sustainable technology can help put individuals back to work, revitalize local and national economies, enable resilience, and help meet energy access goals. As part of this, many countries and jurisdictions may be thinking about visions and action plans to drive forward economic recovery through clean energy investments, business support, and workforce development.  

How can countries think about recovery and future resilience in a more holistic way? What is the role of electrification and indeed the entire energy sector within the context of economic recovery? How can we encourage and develop more resilient, low emission plans that reflect ambitious national goals and priorities for economic recovery that maximize positive social, economic and environmental impacts as countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis? 

In addition to providing an open forum for learning and exchange on priority topics, this coffee chat is intended to benefit AMG CoP members in two concrete ways: 

  1. It will provide a critical opportunity for members to share their technical assistance and learning needs with both the AMG CoP secretariat and their peers, which will serve as crucial channel for the AMG CoP secretariat to identify and match technical assistance and training activities to member countries.  
  2. Participation in this discussion will provide a chance for members to inform and help design the future direction and activities of the AMG CoP, directly contributing to the development of next year’s AMG CoP work-plan. 


The Session will be moderated By Tim Reber (N-REL), and will be held as a highly interactive session, with all members encouraged to contribute actively to the discussion – especially with perspectives and experiences form their respective countries and institutions.

Please click the button below to register for the discussion to be held on September 10, 2020 at 16h00 SAST

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The AfLP AMG-CoP Meeting 7 Gone Virtual

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The AfLP AMG-CoP Meeting 7 Gone Virtual

The AfLP AMG-CoP hosted its 7th meeting as a four-part virtual workshop series over three weeks in April and May. Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development, originally planned for the sides of Africa Climate Week in Uganda, successfully brought together over 120 practitioners to carry on the AMG CoP’s peer-learning and exchange platform via virtual engagement.

The series kicked off on April 16 with a closed session for AMG-CoP members to catch up on the latest developments, review the AMG CoP general work programme for the year, and introduce the AMG CoP’s shift to the virtual space. The AfLP used this opportunity to discuss and consult with members on the current Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on the AfLP work programme for 2020, as well as the emerging regional and country needs. 

The second session—Making energy access through mini-grids affordable: The role of governments and international climate finance—was held back-to-back with the first session on April 1. This open session explored the current mini-grid climate finance landscape in Africa and how tapping into available climate finance can strengthen both rural electrification and climate action. We looked at the financing landscape assessment that has been developed by the LEDS GP Finance Working Group and heard from AMG CoP members Alexander Obiechina of ACOB Lighting, Alex Ochs of SD Strategies, and Alexia Kelly of Electric Capital, as well as climate fund representative Geoff Sinclair from CAMCO Clean Energy.

This session was also Alexia Kelly’s last engagement with the AMG CoP in her role as Finance Working Group lead.

The third session—Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus—took place on April 30. The session aimed to explore the role of mini-grids in the current climate plans of Sub-Saharan African governments and discuss how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits. The session also delved into the co-benefits of mini-grid-based rural electrification, we heard from NREL about the landscape assessment of mini-grids in NDCs, in addition to perspectives from the ground on the integration of electrification, sustainable development and climate action at project level.

The final session, held on May 7, was a closed session for AMG-CoP members to discuss key take-aways from the virtual workshop series and share experiences from their countries on how integrated rural electrification-climate-sustainable development planning can be put into practice. The concluded with a joint discussion on the next milestones for the AMG CoP, plans for continued virtual engagement, and a member survey of key topics of interest for their respective countries and regions.

This virtual workshop, organized in response to travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, represented the AMG CoP’s largest yet virtual engagement. Going forward, the AMG CoP aims to launch a series of virtual “coffee break” sessions to provide a continued virtual platform for members to engage with one another and discuss the collective challenges, lessons, and opportunities they face as minigrid practitioners in Africa. As the global COVID-19 situation evolves, the AMG CoP will continue to move its work plans online as it aims to continue to provide the same trusted and member-driven resources for the community.

The recordings and presentations from the open sessions are available below:

Concept Note: AFOLU Community of Practice 2020

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Concept Note: AFOLU Community of Practice 2020

Countries in Africa are championing efforts to catalyze low emission climate-resilient development. As a key aspect of their efforts, countries are leading work in the AFOLU sector that align with key socio-economic development goals. To further these efforts and enable peer learning and application of learning to key policy measures and actions, the Africa LEDS Partnership and the AFOLU Working Group are partnering to re-launch an Africa AFOLU Community of Practice (CoP). The Africa AFOLU CoP is intended to be an interactive network comprised of national and subnational governments, technical institutions, businesses, non-profits and other international organizations addressing real-time policy and technical challenges and solutions related to the AFOLU sector. It is a platform for ongoing collaboration to allow for deeper learning and sustained participation, continuous access to tools and expert assistance, and to foster champions that will serve as role models for other countries in the regions. The AFOLU CoP is designed to be demand driven to meet members’ needs and will offer support and solutions to early movers as needs emerge. Objectives of the CoP are highlighted below.

The AFOLU CoP is designed to be demand-driven to meet members’ needs and offer support and solutions to early movers. Objectives
of the CoP are highlighted below.

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