A little over a year ago in Cape Town, U.S. President Barack Obama announced Power Africa, an ambitious effort to provide electricity to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population are off the grid.
How has the initiative performed so far, and what are the main lessons learned?
Devex Senior Reporter Michael Igoe asked Power Africa Coordinator Andy Herscowitz in a video interview on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
Click on the above clip to learn more insights from Herscowitz about what short-term goals have been accomplished, the challenges that lie ahead, how the initiative can achieve scale beyond the initial $7 billion, and ways to engage not only U.S. firms but also the local business community.
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