$1.5 million in SREP grant funding to foster an enabling environment in Mali to scale up renewable energy investments and deployment.


Mali is a West Africa nation struggling with the three-pronged challenge of addressing social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels and subject to the damaging shocks of a volatile world economy, Mali is working with the CIF to create robust off-grid clean energy services for its urban and rural populations.

Mali has great, although still untapped, renewable energy potential. Over the past ten years, the country has implemented policies aimed at improving the population’s access to modern energy services. However, the sector’s development is still struggling with major structural problems.

Among funding from other donors, Promoting the Scaling Up of Renewable Energy in Mali (PAPERM) will leverage $1.5 million in SREP grant funding to foster an enabling environment in the public and private sectors for the development of renewable energy in Mali.

Objectives and Outputs:

PAPERM’s specific objectives are to: (i) improve the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework for the scaling-up of renewable energy investments; (ii) strengthen the capacities of stakeholders and ensure knowledge management, communication and advocacy to facilitate the development of renewable energy; and (iii) improve the sub-sector’s monitoring and evaluation system, and strengthen the programmatic approach under the SREP investment in Mali.

The project will ensure that at least 35% of the beneficiaries of training and capacity building activities are women. Sector policies and strategies will be revised taking gender issues into account. In particular, policies and strategies will aim to increase access by women and youth to energy services, build the economic capacities of women and youth, and promote the renewable energy technologies from which women will further benefit.

The AfDB is helping Mali prepare, co-finance and implement the different projects contained in the investment plan, namely: (i) The Grid-Connected Solar Photovoltaic Plant Project (ADB/OPSM); (ii) Rural Electrification Hybrid System Project (WB); (iii) Mini/micro Hydro-Power Plant Project (ADB/ONEC1); and (iv) the Project for Scaling–Up Renewable Energy in Mali (ADB/ONEC3). This operation also reflects the Bank’s intention to increase the mobilization of climate finance for regional member countries either through the Climate Investment Funds or the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).

The project will provide support for the revision of the institutional, policy, and regulatory framework planned for 2015, which will contribute to the achievement of the energy sector’s development objectives. The country’s economic recovery is dependent on the rapid and efficient development of the energy sector, and the contribution of renewable energy to the sector’s transformation is essential.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | Proposed Decision
Approved on September 18, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 1.5 million (grant funding)

Comments and Responses:
Switzerland (September 17, 2014)
United Kingdom (September 18, 2014)