African Climate Action Partnership

Partnering on climate action in Africa

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids 2560 1708 KM

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids

How can grids in Africa and on other continents connect urban and remote areas, while providing enough energy for enterprises to flourish? Can this energy be clean, affordable and reliable, all at once? These questions were highlighted from different angles in a recent online discussion of the Africa LEDS Partnership and the LEDS GP Energy Working Group, supported by Berlin-based think tank SD Strategies. Click here to read more.

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice” 600 377 KM

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”

The LEDS Global Partnership officially launches a new Global “Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”. We invite all members and interested stakeholders to join this new community!

This Community of Practice (CoP) has been designed and implemented in partnership with the GIZ Support Project for the implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and other key international partners.

Please join this LEDS GP Community of Practice by answering the membership questionnaire, which would help us to further design activities that would be pertinent to country priorities (10 – 15 mins).

To learn more about the launch click here.

Innovative for Climate Event

Innovative for Climate Event 600 377 KM

Innovative for Climate Event

Aligning NDCs with LTS: opportunities and challenges in Africa

May 25-27 2021

Innovate4Climate (I4C) is hosting  its 5th year Aligning NDCs with LTS: opportunities and challenges in Africa event.  I4C’s 2021 edition will be entirely virtual. It will run over 3 days, from May 25-27, each day comprising high-level plenaries along with a Workshop Program which provides a forum for practitioners to demonstrate how to achieve a resilient and low-carbon future.

The three-day program will also include a Marketplace, where public and private sector organizations will be able to showcase their climate action initiatives and engage with conference participants.

To learn more about the event and register click here.

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:


Josh Ogada, SouthSouthNorth (SSN) & Africa LEDS Partnership


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




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:

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

Registration link

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

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

Closing date: 29 December 2020

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