Day two of the Forum started with the daily Wake-up Call, during which SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte conversed with Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO Dangote Foundation, about Africa’s development and access to sustainable energy.
In the morning, during the session on Marshalling the Evidence, panelists explored the latest data on access to electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries and what more needs to be done to ensure going “further, faster” to meet the objective of universal access by 2030. The session on putting Knowledge into Action celebrated leaders who are embracing renewable energy solutions by using ambitious policies and incentives, or business models, to harness the potential of renewable energy.
At noon, participants attended the Deep Dive sessions where leaders discussed: the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens; the challenges of, and opportunities for, connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems; and how to secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.
In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply; financial flows for energy access and determining the right levels of finance; unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries; accelerating the transformation of the energy sector; driving innovative financing to scale the cookstoves and fuels sectors; leveraging the “trilemma” and fulfilling the promise of integrated electrification planning; delivering sustainable energy in a changing climate; green energy finance in African power systems; barriers and opportunities related to unleashing off-grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future; the Silicon Valley clean-energy tech challenge; Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforAll initiative, going from plans to actions; and achieving green and inclusive energy access for governments, civil society and the private sector.
In the evening, participants were entertained by live music while networking over dinner.