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Uganda: No Resolution to Growing Tensions

"This background report provides the context for growing tensions and analyses the unresolved issues of national integration that plagued Ugandan governments long before independence. It examines the effect of the decision to reestablish the traditi…

Energy Management News Volume 21 No 3

The first article entitled: Local PV modules to play a key role in the REIPPP Round 4 on page 1 discusses the manufacturing of PV Models and in Enertis’ opinion, the future performance of the PV plants operating across South Africa depends on severa…

A Stitch in Time: Preventive Diplomacy and the Lake Malawi Dispute

"A low-intensity dispute between Malawi and Tanzania threatens regional peace as the two countries contest the demarcation of their national boundaries at Lake Malawi. This long-standing dispute became more urgent when in 2011 the Malawian governm…

The Dark Side of Solar: How the Rising Solar Industry Empowers Political Interests that could Impede a Clean Energy Transition

Fossil fuels still supply most of the world’s energy needs. Today, solar power provides just 2 percent of the world’s electricity, and the generation of electricity, in turn, accounts for just a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To a…

“Blanket” Fuel and Electricity Subsidies Did Not Offer Much Benefit to Zambia’s Poor

This paper offers an alternative perspective to the motion on anti-abolition of subsidies. We argue that during their existence, the fuel and electricity subsidies had benefitted the poor far less than they had done any other social groups in Zamb…

Energies Renouvelables en Afrique: Enjeux, Défis et Opportunités / Renewable Energy in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

African countries have experienced unprecedented growth over the recent two decades. Energy, which is a fundamental economic, political and social pillar, remains one of the main challenges they face. Indeed, the majority of African countries fa…

Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Social Contract in Nigeria: A Micro-economic Analysis

This paper provides rigorous empirical evidence about the determinants of support for fuel subsidy reforms in Africa’s largest economy – Nigeria. Fuel subsidies in Nigeria are large – at the last estimate the state subsidises petrol to the tune of a…

Powering Extraction: Use of Renewables in the Minerals Sector

Energy costs represent a significant share of capital expenditure and operational expenditure for mining operations, particularly those positioned in locations where grid power is unavailable or unreliable. There is an increasingly strong case for t…

Energy Poverty in Zambia

Of the estimated 3.01 million households in Zambia, in 2015, only 35.8% and 16.1% utilised clean energy fuels for their lighting and cooking services respectively. Usage and access to clean energy is essential for economic growth, human development …

Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria: Lessons in Leading the People's Side of the Tussle

Each time the Federal Government of Nigeria considers the burden of fuel subsidy too heavy, it attempts to shed a bit of it. Two things often follow: first, the prices of petroleum products and the cost of living instantly go up; second, the organis…

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