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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...

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...

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...

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. 3, 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...

Africa's Climate: Helping Decision Makers Make Sense of Climate Information

"African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges. The Future ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Public-Private Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies for Policymakers 2017

Public-private partnerships (PPPs), i.e. private finance for public infrastructure, are now emerging as a viable source of infrastructure investment in developing countries. A successful PPP arrangement capitalises on the strengths of both the pri...

Damned if you Dam: Tanzania's Energy Dilemmas

A relatively small proportion of Tanzania’s rural population has access to electricity. Broad-based access to electricity is critical to inclusive, sustainable development. Electrification entails significant positive benefits; its absence portend...

Ethiopian Universal Electrification Development Strategies

Having access to modern energy sources is essential for economic development and livelihood improvement. Access to modern energy supports both income generation activities and the national development agenda through improving education, reducing i...

Managing for Gender Equality Results: Empowerment of Women for Equitable Participation in the Oil and Gas Sector

As Africa continues to set policies and frameworks for managing its fast-growing oil and gas industry, it has to ensure equal participation of men and women. Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. In 2010, 16 of the 54 co...

State, Market and Competition - Can Eskom be rescued?

Eskom is a vertically integrated monopoly, wholly owned by the state, supplying about 90 per cent of the electricity consumed in South Africa. Measured by generating capacity, it is the eleventh largest power utility in the world. It is the sixth ...

Compendium of Case Studies on Natural Resources and Energy in Africa

Africa is a continent of widespread reserves of natural resources (oil, minerals, forests, water and farmland), which can support its economic transformation. Paradoxically, rather than contributing to shared growth and development, rich deposits ...

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