ARGeo - “Catalyzing investment for Africa’s Energy Needs!”


Meet Our Team

About UNEP-ARGeo

The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is a GEF funded project being implemented by United Nations Environment Programme.

ARGeo was officially launched in November 2010 at the opening session of the Third African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo-C3) in Djibouti..

UN Environment ARGeo project aims at supporting the development of the large untapped geothermal resource potential in the Eastern Africa region with the main objective of reducing the risks associated with the resource’s exploration. ARGeo also aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by promoting the adoption of geothermal energy in the region.

ARGeo will also help demonstrate that the resource is reliable, cost effective and indigenous as compared to other sources of power in the Eastern Africa region. The utilization of the resource in agriculture and industry will also be promoted.

“Geothermal development in the Eastern Africa has elicited a huge excitement among host governments, financiers and investors; countries in Africa need to emulate Kenya which is leading the way, having developed more than 500MW from geothermal resources,”

John Garisson, Energy Advisor, Africa Bureau, USAID at “ARGeo- C6”

Expected Output:

  1. A number of geothermal fields explored in the region
  2. Geothermal resource sites with high energy potential identified and investment catalyzed
  3. Skilled manpower in geothermal resource investigation and management of projects developed
  4. Clear and coherent Geothermal policy, legislation and institutional framework developed
  5. Regional Networking hubs- information based Geothermal database created

Our Objective
Target Countries
Our Partners
Project Components
  • Our objective is to encourage both Private and Public developers to accelerate development of geothermal resource in the East Africa Region

  • The GEF funded UN Environment ARGeo project has 6 member countries namely: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Furthermore, under the framework of “Regional Networking and Capacity Building components”. ARGeo targets other 7 geothermal potential countries which are Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.
    • African Union Commission - Germany Development Bank (KfW)
    • International Icelandic Development Agency (ICEIDA)
    • German Federal institute of Geosiences and Natural Resources (BGR)
    • United Nations University-Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP)
    • ARGeo Member Countries
  • The UNEP- ARGeo Project has two major components:
    1. Regional Networking, Information Systems, Capacity Building, Policy Advice and awareness creation.
    2. Technical Assistance for Surface Exploration Studies.

Meseret Zemedkun

Project Manager.

Moses Mbego

Project Assistant.

Ryan Raedi

Database & Web Specialist.

Christine Gachuru

Project Management Intern.