ICF’s two-year Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) Project, funded by USAID/Ghana, is intended to provide technical assistance and capacity building for Ghana’s power sector planning agencies. The power sector in Ghana is a focal point of the country’s economic development. It is also at the center of a number of power-related programs including Power Africa, Partnership for Growth, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Ghana Compact II, Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS), NAMAs, and Powering Agriculture. The IRRP project has its origins in the Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP) developed by the Government of Ghana and the U.S. Government and is now engaged with Ghana’s power sector agencies, along with other related ministries and agencies, to develop a comprehensive integrated power sector master plan (IPSMP).
The IRRP framework incorporates resilience and risk assessment to build the capacity of the energy system to survive by adapting and to drive transformation in the face of shocks and stresses. Resilience ensures that the energy system can continue to operate at its highest function on its best and its worst days. It is a lever for unlocking greater economic development and business investment, improved social services, and more broadly shared prosperity.
The Ghana IRRP project established ownership and commitments among the country’s sector agencies as well as the process for developing key technical capacity and skills/knowledge transfer to them. ICF is working closely with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Energy Commission (EC), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Volta River Authority (VRA), Grid Company of Ghana (GRIDCO), Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), and Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo). The IRRP team is also collaborating with implementation partners who have conducted power sector work in Ghana under USAID, MCC, and other development partners.