CGD Blog Post Asks If Electrify Africa Is Next Big Bipartisan Development Issue

In the Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog, CGD Senior Fellow Ben Leo examines the potential impact of the Electrify Africa Act recently passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He asserts that the bill does three things: “calls for a USG-wide strategy,” “strengthens OPIC,” and “adds accountability and pressure to deliver results.” “Next up is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee counterpart bill, which we expect to get dropped in the coming weeks. And I’m hearing that odd bedfellows are working closely together there as well. All of this suggests that Africa energy poverty might just be the new big, bipartisan development issue, much as PEPFAR has been for the last decade” (3/4).