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African governments, partners support Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa toward a first close of $500 million

On the sidelines of the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris, African leaders, investors and development partners, including the African Development Bank Group , have highlighted their steadfast support for the Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa as it advances toward a first close of $500 million for green infrastructure projects in Africa.

African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina led a roundtable discussion about the Alliance, an initiative of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, and Africa50 with other partners. 

“The Alliance will mobilize $100 million in grants for project preparation, $400 million in blended financing through grants, concessional resources, and commercial investments for project development,” Adesina said, explaining how the initiative will work.

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During the event, Amadou Hott, African Development Bank Special Envoy for the Alliance, announced that Mark Gallogly of philanthropic firm Three Cairns Group had provided a $5 million grant to the Alliance.

The roundtable offered African presidents, investors and partners the opportunity to discuss the initiative and other innovative climate finance mechanisms against a backdrop of high-level discussions to overhaul the global financial architecture to make it fairer for developing countries.

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These countries are also looking to gain access to financing to adapt swiftly to accelerating climate change as their budgets are constrained.

Kenyan President William Ruto said Africa’s already low share of global energy investments had fallen sharply over the last five years. Africa’s cost of borrowing, which is eight times higher than other regions, was another challenge. “Let us have a different conversation,” Ruto said. Let us not have a conversation about us versus them, north versus south. Let us have a conversation of win-win.”  

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Several African leaders cited the use of wood fuel and clean cooking as a particular challenge. In Madagascar, like in many African countries, we still use coal, and each household must destroy one hectare to cook food, so we need financing for alternate energy sources,” said Andriy Rajoelina, the country’s president.  

In closing, Adesina said the discussions had underscored AGIA’s potential to help Africa build infrastructure in a new way, “building it green and greening already brown infrastructure to make them quite resilient.” He said AGIA would achieve this quickly and in a market-driven way.

He said the event had demonstrated the robust political and financing support the initiative has secured. “We need to get this now to a closure, a first close, that’s what the future looks like, and that future will land us at COP28, or even ahead of COP28, I hope,” Adesina said.    

Milcah Lukhanyu
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