CLDP has a long history of work in Sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in 1999; technical assistance programs have had both a regional and individual country scope.
As a result of the critical importance in developing Africa’s power sector and extending the economic benefits of reliable electricity to every corner of the continent, a number of multilateral institutions and government development agencies have launched initiatives in the past decade that are dedicated to support power projects in Africa. The most recent of these is the Power Africa initiative launched by US President Obama in June of 2013. As part of this initiative, CLDP has been asked by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the legal and regulatory environment for power projects in the specified Power Africa countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
CLDP has been working with USAID in Mali since 2008. CLDP’s work in Mali has been focused on promoting awareness of the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), including a current program to combat counterfeit agro-inputs.
Goal: Adoption of power purchase and other related power agreements, utilizing international best practices and terms, will reassure companies considering investments in Power Africa countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Such contracts will also enable Power Africa countries to take a proactive role in the structuring of power projects, by drawing on the experience of other nations that have utilized similar contracts for past projects. CLDP will also utilize these contracts and other tools to build the capacity of the local attorneys and government officials to understand, adapt, and implement the contracts, as well as to regulate the power projects.
- Coordinate the development of a core library of model transactional documents that are tailored to the unique legal challenges within Power Africa countries in order to facilitate the negotiation, conclusion, and maintenance of power purchase and other related power agreements between Power Africa countries and international investors;
- Develop the capacity of Power Africa governments and other local stakeholders to utilize these model documents to reduce the project development time cycle.
Goal: CLDP is working closely with the USAID Mission in Mali together with the Government of Mali to to support the Feed the Future initiative by ensuring safe and healthy agricultural products.
- Development and implementation of a program utilizing mobile-phone technology to authenticate agricultural products, thus reducing potentially harmful counterfeit goods
- Outreach to corporate entities, farmers, and government stakeholders to increase adoption and use of the technology
- Working with enforcement agencies such as Customs, the Malian police, and the judiciary to raise awarness of the technology as it becomes more widely available.