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Low Carbon Energy and Development in Low-income Countries Policy Lessons from a Study of the Off-grid Photovoltaics Sector in Kenya

"Sustainable energy technologies could contribute significantly to human development and economic growth in low-income countries. Public policy has an important role to play in fostering the markets for these technologies. This briefing summarise...

Power and the Private Sector in Tanzania: Prospects for the AFDB's High Fives Strategy

A stable, affordable energy supply underpins economic development by enabling infrastructure development and investment, and ultimately increases industrialisation and enhances competitiveness. Ensuring electricity security is therefore vital for ...

Sporadic Fuel Crisis in South Sudan: Causes Impacts and Solutions

South Sudan has encountered waves of periodic fuel crisis since 2011. The government has attempted quick-fix measures, but the crisis has continued unabated. Despite a number of speculations surrounding this matter, however, the actual causes and ...

Factors Influencing Sustained Use of Efficient Cook Stoves and Solar Lighting Solutions: A Case Study from Kenya

Efficient cook stoves have been an important policy focus of international development efforts to address negative health and environmental problems associated with traditional cooking practices. However, major emphasis has been on ensuring init...

Electricity Provision and Tax Mobilization in Africa

In this paper, we provide evidence on how the provision of social infrastructure such as reliable electricity can be leveraged to increase taxation in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). First, using comprehensive data f...

Electricity Sub-Sector Industry

"This Investment brief presents a profile of the Electricity Sub-Sector Industry in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the electricity industry."

China and Africa's Natural Resources: The Challenges and Implications for Development and Governance

"This paper proposes to analyse China’s growing engagement in Africa’s mineral sector and assess its impact on local governance. China’s energy concerns have been playing an increasingly crucial role in its foreign policymaking in the new centur...

China in the African Solar Energy Sector

"Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for poverty alleviation and the improvement of livelihoods, including in the areas of education, health, and industrial development in Africa. However, a combination of factors, such as c...

Nigeria - Want in the Midst of Plenty

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and perhaps also its most poorly understood. It has endured six successful and numerous failed military coups, a civil war that cost well over a million lives, three inconclusive transitions to democrac...

Nigeria’s Faltering Federal Experiment

Nigeria’s federal system and politics are deeply flawed, contributing to rising violence that threatens to destabilise one of Africa’s leading countries. Failing to encourage genuine power sharing, they have sparked dangerous rivalries between the...

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-ter...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 4, 1975

This newsletter contains eight articles by various authors. Rudolph Gruber’s article concerns West Germany and describes aspects of German life and institutions, including the political structure, the economy, the social security system, and cu...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 6, no. 2, 1974

This newsletter contains articles by various authors. The first article concerns a symposium on South Africa and the future of world energy resources. John Barratt’s article is a brief report following the joint statement released on August 20, 1...

Solar Power Prospects in North Africa's Sahara Desert

"There is significant potential for generating electricity from solar power in the Sahara desert in North Africa for both domestic use and for export to Europe. The successful implementation of projects to harness solar power could improve standa...

An Overview of the Carbon Trading Landscape: Possibilities and Pitfalls for South Africa

"In order to meet its international and domestic carbon emissions requirements, South Africa needs to substantially rethink its current energy and industrial trajectories. This represents a massive challenge for any country with such a high depend...

India and Africa: Towards a Sustainable Energy Partnership

"The depletion of hydrocarbon resources, due to unprecedented growth in energy demand from developing countries, concerns over the disruption of energy supplies arising from political instability in the Middle East and the emergence of energy ‘n...

Before and Beyond Energy: Contextualising the India – Africa Partnership

"Although the India–Africa relationship is not new, what is relatively new is the range of areas now covered by the partnership, in particular energy. Energy has played, and will play, a critical role in bringing India and Africa closer together i...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record No 30

This document contains articles and statements on the relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, statements by South African Ministers to the government of Mozambique and Namibia as well as the address at the South African Development Co-ordinat...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, November 2003

Examines some crucial issues around constitutional order in Africa: the pitfalls of reform; the potential for peer review to strengthen adherence to principles already enshrined in constitutions; the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipelin...

Thinking Outside the Box: A Case for Promoting the Charcoal Industry in Tanzania

"Charcoal is Tanzania’s most important domestic energy source and this is not likely to change in the foreseeable future. Demand for charcoal is rising as Tanzania’s population grows and becomes increasingly urban. Yet, despite its importance and...

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