By Adedapo Adesanya The African Development Bank (AfDB) has secured $90 million in donor funds for the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) project. The SEFA fund, according to the bank, is expected to expand, make more flexible and be responsive to Africa\u2019s fast-changing energy market, with a sharper focus on green mini-grids and green base load as well as offering a wider array of catalytic finance instruments. The SEFA fund was secured during the virtual launch event organised by the AfDB for the SEFA donors to reaffirm their support for the institutional priorities of the fund and had in attendance over 300 development partners and financiers, representatives of African governments and energy sector institutions, project developers and sponsors, commercial banks and infrastructure funds. Speaking at the event, Mr Flemming M\u00f8ller Mortensen, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, represented by Mr Stephan Sch\u00f6nemann, Under-Secretary for Development Policy with the Danish government, said the country will be unveiling $10.65 million in fresh commitments as was initially announced by the country, a SEFA\u2019s founding partner and first donor. \u201cDenmark has the development goal of providing clean energy to 5.8 million people in Africa. SEFA has proven that it has the capacity to implement innovative renewable energy projects \u2013 even in difficult circumstances. Therefore, Denmark is a close partner with SEFA \u2013 and we are pleased to be able to continue the work of providing clean energy to all,\u201d Mr Mortensen said. Ms Maria Flachsbarth, the parliamentary state secretary of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ), who was also present at the virtual event, revealed that Germany will be extending $60.97 million in support of the SEFA\u2019s green base load activities. She said the assistance would be aimed at promoting more sustainable base-load power generation options and also to prevent countries from locking themselves into technologies which are environmentally damaging and costly in the economic sense. \u201cClimate change is advancing fast and knows no borders, we can only tackle it together and in solidarity. For many years, the African Development Bank is a trusted partner for Germany and one of the most important driving forces behind a structured energy transition in Africa,\u201d she stated. The Managing Director of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Karin Isaakson, announced a $12.19 million commitment and noted that \u201cSEFA\u2019s proven capability to promote early-stage projects, businesses, and markets, as well as to design and implement new and innovative financing structures and mobilise additional funding fits well with NDF\u2019s strategic pathways. We look forward to identifying opportunities to co-create new climate finance instruments together with SEFA.\u201d Mr Kevin Kariuki, AfDB\u2019s vice president on energy, climate and green growth, acknowledged the pivotal role the fund has played in the building of the African market, as well as the strategic vision of the bank. He further highlighted SEFA as a key enabler of the new deal on energy for Africa, a partnership-driven goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Africans, which was launched by the AfDB in 2016. Other prominent donations came from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, which committed $8.98 million, as well as the United States and the United Kingdom, who also affirmed their unrelenting support for SEFA.