Summary of Forum on “Power Africa- The U.S. Government’s innovative private sector led approach”

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AUTHOR:
Kristin Cotter, TIDES Intern

Summary:
On 25 June 2014, the forum on “Power Africa- The U.S. Government’s innovative private sector led approach,” hosted by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy’s (CTNSP) TIDES Project, brought together representatives from the energy sector, government officials, private citizens, as well as technology developers and practitioners. Participants convened to discuss low-cost, easily deployable alternative technology solutions that could help the President’s Power Africa Initiative to achieve the International Energy Agency’s goal of obtaining $300 billion in investment to realize universal electricity access by 2030. The event consisted of a 2.5 hour session held at the National Defense University (NDU). The forum included keynote speakers from the DOD and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) along with a panel of speakers.