Italy pledges €5 million to the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa at the Conference of the Parties (COP28).


Italy has pledged €5 million to support Africa’s sustainable energy endeavors through the Special Fund of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA). Vannia Gava, the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy Security for Italy, disclosed this commitment during a side event at COP28, the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, on Monday. (Source: in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Italian Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy Security, Vannia Gava, emphasized the significance of Italy’s €5 million contribution to the Special Fund of the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), highlighting Africa as a region of paramount importance for Italy’s energy and climate strategies. Gava reiterated Italy’s enduring commitment to advancing sustainable energy initiatives in Africa, citing the longstanding collaboration with the African Development Bank since 2015.

The event, co-organized by Res4Africa Foundation ( and GSE, centered on “Gearing up Africa’s energy transition by conducive policy and legislative frameworks.” It underscored the pivotal role of private sector investments and technical assistance programs in expediting the sustainable transformation of Africa’s electricity sectors.

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Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department at the African Development Bank, commended Italy’s contribution as a powerful affirmation of its dedication to Africa’s equitable energy transition. He expressed gratitude for Italy’s ongoing partnership, emphasizing how the funding will enhance SEFA’s efforts to provide sustainable and reliable energy access across the continent, fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life for millions.

Italy’s financial commitment aligns with the broader objectives of COP28, particularly the aim of tripling the deployment of renewable energy. The information was distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

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Manager, Renewable Energy Funds Division, SEFA

Source: The Guardian