Moving Past the Barriers: Investing in Energy Infrastructure in Africa

October 27, 2014

12:00pm - 12:00pm



To generate ideas to expand energy infrastructure investment in the region, the Milken Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development, convened experts from the public and private sectors for a Financial Innovations Lab in October 2014. The Lab, titled “Moving Past the Barriers: Investing in Energy Infrastructure in Africa,” included senior leaders in private-sector energy investments, multi- and bilateral organizations, and corporations, along with representatives of financial institutions. Exploring ways to improve efficiency in transaction management and widen access to capital, they produced concrete solutions Africa can pursue now to close the significant funding gap.

Lab participants identified a number of barriers to private investment in energy infrastructure, including:

The Institute’s report outlines strategies for alleviating the major risks addressed at the Lab and expanding the financial tools to engage the largest pools of institutional investor capital. Among them:

Results from the Lab, including recommended next steps for implementation, will be published soon. For information, contact Caitlin MacLean, associate director of Financial Innovations Labs, at