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Ghana's electrification success explained at African Utility Week in May "Community involvement or participation is absolutely key"
DMN Newswire--2013-2-1--Ghana had the political will to envision electrification as a national priority and catalyst for economic development says Engineer Andrew T. Barfour, Project Coordinator at the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project.  To date, Ghana has achieved 72% electrification access which is one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa.  As one of the headline speakers at the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May, Eng. Barfour will share with power professionals how Ghana is making rural electrification work.



Multi-donor funded project
The Ghana Energy Development & Access Project (GEDAP) is a USD 312-million multi-donor funded project involving the World Bank, International Development Agency (IDA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Partnership on Output-based Aid (GPOBA), Africa Catalytic Growth Fund (ACGF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SECO).



Says Eng. Barfour:  "the development objective is to improve the operational efficiency of the power distribution system and increase the population's access to electricity and help transition Ghana to a low-carbon economy through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."