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LEAP Senegal

Second meeting of the commune MSG in Ndiob

Project Summary

LEAP is a Senegalese initiative owned by its stakeholders: In currently two pilot communes (Ndiob and Bokhol), local MSGs ensure that their micro-grid installations meet community needs. Phase II aims to increase the number of LEAP communes to ten in 2023.

A national MSG in Dakar, chaired by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and bringing together high-level representatives of government, business and organised civil society, will continue to discuss and propose the necessary sector change and reform.

An International Advisory Group chaired by Transparency International founder Prof Peter Eigen continues to draw on the Senegal experience to develop an international governance standard for rural electrification, to prepare for a scaled expansion of LEAP across Senegal and Africa.

Achievements in 2022

The Government of Senegal under the chairmanship of H.E. Sophie Gladima, Minister for Petroleum and Energy, and key decision-makers in the public, private and civic sectors in Senegal jointly launched their national LEAP Multistakeholder Group (MSG) on 24 February 2022 – this high-level forum that now meets regularly to promote and govern LEAP in Senegal, adapt the initiative to country needs, and observe and deliberate about elements of sector governance that may obstruct or discourage local investment or prevent stakeholder engagement. The high-level members include representatives from the Ministry for Petroleum and Energy; the directors of the National Electricity Company of Senegal (SENELEC), the Senegalese Agency for Rural Electrification (ASER), and the National Agency for Renewable Energies (ANER), the Réseau des Villes et Communes vertes et écologiques du Sénégal; Coperes, the National Association of the private sector in Renewable Energies; Enda Energie and Energy4Impact, CSOs tackling energy access and the consequences of climate change in Senegal; and other high-level decision and change makers.

Our LEAP Secretariat facilitated the launch of local MSGs in two LEAP pilot communes, Ndiob in central Senegal and Bokhol in the North at the banks of the Senegal river. Local stakeholders meet regularly to flank their electrification projects with community involvement and an appropriate governance framework to ensure communities get proper access. The LEAP Secretariat has helped establish the internal governance, the rules of engagement and members nomination processes for the two MSGs. It also facilitates their work in analysing the developments of electrification and working out proposals for needed access, regulation and governance of these electrification programmes.

Guidance is offered by an experienced international Advisory Group of electricity sector and governance experts, hosted by the Berlin Governance Platform in Berlin. The Governance Platform has already launched the successful multi-stakeholder Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The Group is chaired by Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and the founding Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and includes experts such as Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, a leading scientist on solar energy, Maximilian Jarrett, outgoing Africa Programme Manager of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Abdoulaye Ba, Vice-President of COPERES and several energy company representatives and governance and sector experts. The Advisory Group brings together comparative international experience to optimise the methodology of LEAP, draft a LEAP standard and advise the national and local multistakeholder groups in Senegal. The Advisory Group will also ensure that the LEAP methodology can be replicated in other African countries. 

An international LEAP Secretariat with offices in Berlin and Dakar provides the necessary secretarial services for all aspects of LEAP implementation.