TOGO: IsDB lends €17 million for electrification via solar mini-grids

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) financing was approved at its 342nd Board of Directors meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is a loan of 17.38 million euros for the electrification of rural areas of Togo through small autonomous solar power plants, connected to mini-grids. These solutions are particularly appropriate for rural areas where the extension of the national electricity grid would be uneconomical.

The Togolese government is promoting electrification via off-grid solutions through the CIZO Togo Rural Electrification Project (Pravost). Co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), this project aims to provide electricity to 300,000 Togolese households. Through Pravost, the government hopes to increase the national electricity access rate to 75% by 2025 and 100% by 2030.

In addition to the IsDB loan, the Lives and Livelihoods Fund (LLF) provided €9.35 million to improve the level of human development in Togo by providing sustainable electricity supply to the rural population living in dense, sparsely populated areas far from the existing grid. The LLF is a $2.5 billion fund established by development partners including the IsDB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The fund was recently joined by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Its manager (the IsDB) estimates that the funding granted to Togo will benefit 372 schools, 22,092 families and 102 health centers.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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