Together with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) hosted a series of high-level dialogues aimed at the transfer of expertise to support electrification plans in Southern Africa.
The first workshop focused on financing electrification and was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from July 8-10, 2013. The goal of this workshop was to collaboratively investigate, through discussions and shared perspectives on financing national electrification programs, new approaches to increase the speed and penetration of energy access in Southern Africa. The dialogue was attended by 50 representatives from 13 countries from the region, including SAPP Management Committee Members, SAPP Electrification Working Group Members, and representatives from the countries’ electrification agencies/authorities, from national regulators, and from GSEP members.
A second workshop focusing on electrification plans in the southern African region was held from April 15-16, 2014. Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this workshop built on the first workshop held in 2013, when national utilities and regulators from the region provided strategies to attract investments and reduce risks in national electrification roll-out programs. In this follow up, the GSEP focused on initiating the implementation of such recommendations by reviewing the national country electrification plans’ status, identifying the gaps and difficulties to achieve their development, and identifying stakeholders required for the development of key projects and policy and regulation required to enable a successful implementation of the electrification country plans.
Dr. Lawrence Musaba, SAPP Coordination Centre Manager, highlighted that: "We are happy to be able to build on the first workshop held jointly with GSEP. The challenges and actions for the successful implementation of the electrification country plans discussed during this follow-up workshop will serve as input to our next Management Committee August 2014."
Attended by 40 people from the 12 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community, the workshop consisted of interactive panel discussions and working sessions with power utilities, SAPP Management Committee Members, SAPP Electrification Working Group Members, Electrification Agencies, financing institutions in the region, technology vendors and other experts.