Renewable energy’s untapped potential on the African continent is a key solution to its energy and development goals, as it can broaden electricity access, increase investment and allow African countries to become climate leaders through a participatory and people-centred approach.
The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) is one of the political solutions to support this transformation. It is an African-owned and African-led initiative that aims to foster sustainable development on the continent by providing universal access to clean energy.
This paper, prepared by Germanwatch together with ACSEA, Brot für die Welt and Power Shift Africa explains the structure of AREI, the status quo of its establishment and the further resources needed. Challenges faced and the potential of AREI are also discussed.