Evaluation of USAIDs Power Africa Off-Grid Project (PAOP)


The USAID- funded Power Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP) was launched in 2018 to accelerate off-grid electrification across Sub-Sahara Africa and to double electricity access by 2030. To this purpose, the project supports the governments of 27 African countries as well as numerous companies that are either already active in the off-grid sector in sub-Saharan Africa or want to become active. The project’s focus countries include Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Liberia and Uganda. The project runs until November 2023 and provides technical assistance and grant funding to support the development of mini-grids and off-grid solar home systems (SHS).


Besides the Power Africa Off-Grid Project (PAOP), there are three other Power Africa Programs to be evaluated. The lead of this big evaluation is ICF and Arepo is, as a sub-contractor, responsible for the performance evaluation of PAOP. The evaluation is expected to focus on descriptive and normative questions, like what has the project achieved and how was it implemented by a mixed method approach using qualitative and quantitative methods and conducting up to 100 interviews.