The World Bank wanted to compile a set of Country Engagement Notes for 26 African countries, including an overview of past progress, ongoing challenges, and potential areas for World Bank engagement in each country's energy sector. The World Bank wanted the Notes to be incorporated into a regional synthesis report that summarized corporate and regional commitments in Africa as well as the Bank's current engagement strategies. The Notes would be used to inform World Bank operations during the International Development Association (IDA) 18–19 period (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2023).
DHInfrastructure drafted the Country Engagement Notes. As part of this work, we researched qualitative and quantitative indicators of energy access, security of supply, operational competence, financial viability, and financing in each country’s energy sector. We selected key performance indicators and developed a rating system to score each country’s progress. We assessed progress in the sector and areas where IDA engagements could be beneficial. DHInfrastructure presented draft Notes to each World Bank country team and incorporated their feedback into a final set of Notes. DHInfrastructure then drafted a regional synthesis report that consolidated each country's challenges and provided an overview of past World Bank operations and paradigm shifts for future engagement in the region.