AFD financed the reforestation of southern and western areas of Aberdares through the Green Belt Movement; an NGO founded in 1977 by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai (2004).
AFD supports the City of Kisumu located on the shores of Lake Victoria in terms of access to water and sanitation (rehabilitation of the existing system), as well as developing basic services (Kisumu Urban Project).
AFD has supported the production of geothermal energy in Olkaria. This project has helped reduce significantly the price of electricity.
AFD together with the World Bank has financed the expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The new Terminal 1 was commissioned in 2014 and has significantly increased the capacity of the airport in terms of number of passengers and also improved passenger's safety.
France and Kenya sign a Credit Facility Agreement for Rural Roads-15 Million Euros (1.7 Billion Kenyan Shillings)
The President of the Republic of Kenya Mr Uhuru Kenyatta together with the President of the Republic of France, Mr François Hollande presided over the signing of a Credit Facility Agreement for Additional financing to the Roads 2000 Phase II project on the 4th April 2016 in Paris. The Credit Facility amounting to € 15 million was signed by the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury, Mr Henry Rotich and the AFD Deputy Managing Director Mr Jacques Moineville.
The Roads 2000 project is financed by a concessional loan to the Government of Kenya and is additional financing for the ongoing rural roads project in six Counties of Central Kenya: Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Nyeri (€ 40 million). The project is being implemented by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA).
On the occasion of the official visit of the kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in France, AFD strengthens its support to the development of the kenyan electricity sector by the signing of new operations amounting to a total of 180 million euros.
Speed up access to energy for Kenyans
A memorandum of understanding for the provision of 90 million euros to support the new electrification policy of the country was signed between AFD and Kenya. Indeed, the kenyan authorities are seeking to achieve universal access to electricity in the coming years and have developed an ambitious nationwide program. The resources made available to the Kenyan authorities are a 90 million euro loan from AFD and a 30 million euro grant from the European Union (financing facility of infrastructure in Africa, EU-ITF) whose management has been delegated to AFD. The funds provided by AFD could electrify up to 1.3 million people spread over a large part of the Kenyan territory.
60 million euros to finance the wind farm
In addition, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Mr. Albert MUGO, Managing Director and CEO of KenGen, a company owned 70% by the Kenyan state, operating in the electricity production sector and providing three-quarters of the country's supply. The signed MoU aims to make available to KenGen 60 million euros to finance the wind farm in Meru County. With the expected co-financing of the German cooperation (KfW), it is expected that the Meru wind farm will provide up to 80 MW of generation capacity.
90% of Kenya's electricity comes from renewable resources
This will strengthen the positioning of Kenya as a model for countries able to combine development and the fight against climate change: indeed, its electricity is for over 90% derived from renewable sources, as geothermal indeed provides half of the electricity consumed followed by hydropower accounting for about 40% of consumption. The financing provided by AFD to KenGen is a direct loan without guarantee of the Kenyan State; the planned mobilization of such a financial tool illustrates the excellent performance of KenGen, as well as the AFD’s confidence in the company and in general in Kenya's power sector.
Fifty years of partnership
These new projects are in the long-term partnership developed between the Kenyan authorities with AFD in the energy sector. Since the beginning of its activity in Kenya in early 2000, AFD committed over 800 million € of loans to the Kenyan power sector, spread across the entire industry value chain: drilling for the development of geothermal energy, renewable energy plants, national grid and interconnection with Ethiopia, electrification in rural areas and in urban areas, and even support for investment in the sector by SMEs. France is among the biggest financiers of the sector.
Just like all the projects supported by AFD in Kenya in this field, the operations signed this April 4 are aligned with the key pillars of France's cooperation policy in the energy sector, i / promoting access to electricity for all, ii / supporting sustainable economic development, and in particular iii / supporting the development of renewable energy to contribute to the fight against climate change.
The two signings were held at the Elysée Palace between the AFD’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jacques Moineville, in the presence of Kenya's president of the Republic, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and the president of the french Republic, Mr. François Hollande.
SUNREF East Africa formally entered the Uganda Market after the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) signed an accord to extend this program developed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to the East African country.
The Focal Point agreement between KAM and UMA allows the SUNREF East Africa program to have a focal point organization to drive its day-to-day activities in Uganda.
AFD has launched the SUNREF website for its partners and green finance actors. The aim of this website is to be a platform to exchange ideas, share, and take action, while being an ecosystem for green finance by disseminating knowledge and creating networks among actors in the sector. It will also provide information on the projects and partners of this innovative program.
Seizing the opportunities of the ecological transition
The transition towards a greener model holds considerable economic development potential. Green growth provides the private sector with a number of opportunities in the fields of energy management, sustainable natural resources management and environmental protection. In Southern countries, financing this green growth poses a major challenge to which AFD contributes, thanks to the SUNREF program, in partnership with green finance actors (banks, companies, public authorities, donors…).
Green credit line for the private sector accessible via partner banks
The aim of the SUNREF (Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance) program, AFD’s green finance label, is to facilitate access to affordable sustainable energy in order to ensure the development of a low-carbon economy and contribute to mitigating the causes of climate change.
SUNREF helps private actors in Southern countries seize the opportunities of the ecological transition and encourages local banks to finance it on customized financial terms. This innovative range of services consequently gives the private sector greater access to bank financing to purchase better quality equipment, and thereby make savings and increase its competitiveness, thanks to better energy management and by taking the environment into account.
SUNREF also offers its partners an integrated approach which aims to strengthen the capacities of all actors, thanks to a technical assistance program whose role is to support and boost the market for financing green investments: assisting banks in project financing and helping companies implement strategies for an optimized use of energy and natural resources.
SUNREF website: A platform dedicated to green finance
AFD has made a dedicated platform available to green finance actors (banks, companies, donors, public authorities) which allows them to collect, disseminate and capitalize on best practices. The SUNREF website is thereby an ecosystem for green finance which provides actors in the sector with new opportunities to implement innovative and effective operational approaches. Finally, this website gives an additional understanding of the green finance projects implemented by AFD, the green investments made in Africa, the Indian Ocean, Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean, SUNREF’s innovative approach and its benefits, its partners, and the types of eligible financing. SUNREF’s aim is to pool the efforts of all actors in order to facilitate the scaling up which is essential for addressing the environmental challenges.
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SUNREF (Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance) is AFD’s green finance label. In a context of energy and environmental transition, SUNREF helps private actors in Southern countries seize the opportunities of this transition via an innovative approach and encourages local banks to finance it. To date, 42 SUNREF projects have been successfully implemented since 2006, in partnership with 70 local banks in some 30 countries of operation, for a total commitment of over EUR 2.5bn of loans allocated by AFD, including EUR 1.2bn already disbursed.
Signing of Grant Agreement for Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project Kisumu (LVWATSAN) and Credit Agreement for the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP)
The National Treasury signed on Thursday 17th December 2015 with the French Development Agency (AFD) two Financing Agreements: a Grant Agreement of 5 million EUR (550 million KES) for the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project Kisumu (LVWATSAN) and a Credit Agreement of 45 million USD (4.6 billion KES) for the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP). The Agreements were signed by the Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury Mr. Henry Rotich and the AFD Regional Director Mr. Yves Boudot. The French Ambassador, H.E Mr. Rémi Maréchaux also present at the ceremony, co-signed both Financing Agreements.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by representatives of the Ministry of Water, Lake Victoria South Water Services Board, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, and development partners participating in the financing of the 2 programs, notably the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Union Delegation for the water project and the World Bank for the KISIP.
co-financed with European Investment Bank (EIB) – 35 M EUR, EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
(5 M EUR) and GoK (10M EUR), with AFD as the lead donor. The project has a significant sanitation component, with the objective of protecting Lake Victoria, an important national and regional water resource, which not only supplies water to the towns around the Lake, but also has great potential for the development of regional lake transport and tourism.