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On the Determinants of Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The objective of this paper is to empirically analyze the problem of energy poverty in developing countries in general and in SSA countries in particular. In doing so, we identify major variables, and analyze their potential contribution in shaping…

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Achieving Universal Access to Electricity in South Africa

"Climate change, energy security and achieving universal electricity access for all households are all pressing issues that South Africa must address. These objectives need not be trade-offs, however, and achieving electricity access for the poor do…

Challenges of Energy Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa

"This study analyzed the determinants of electricity access in developing countries and, particularly examined why Sub Saharan Africa has been relatively unsuccessful in providing electricity to its population, despite reforms in the electricity sec…

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 al…

Is there an Anti-politics of Electricity? Access to the Grid and Reduced Political Participation in Africa

Electricity is often argued to be a catalyst for a country’s industrialization and the social development of its citizens, but little is known about the political consequences of providing electric power to people. Contributing to literatures on t…

Thinking Outside the Grid: The Role of Decentralized Power Systems in Electrifying Sub Saharan Africa

Meeting the energy needs of the developing world remains a critical development priority. Access to energy has been identified as correlating with economic growth as well as having positive impacts on education and health. In sub-Saharan Africa, acc…

Assessing the Macroeconomic Impacts of Financing Options for Renewable-Energy Policy in Nigeria: Insights from a CGE Model

In 2015, Nigeria formulated its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy (NREEEP) to promote the development of renewable-energy systems in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. With that as inspiration, we ex…

Poor Access to Food, Education, Electricity: Key Factors of Poverty in Gabane, Botswana

Poverty in Gabane - a village in Kweneng District of Botswana - remains high, despite an overall decline. The poorest parts of the population are vulnerable groups, i.e. women and girls, the unemployed, young people and people who are disabled. Whil…

Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Electrification in Africa through Comprehensive Impact Evaluations

Access to electricity leads to overall economic growth through improved agricultural and firm productivity, public service delivery, and enhanced household investment in human capital, net income, and general quality of life. Yet more than 540 milli…

Limited Access to Electricity and Digital Technologies a Barrier to E-Learning in Uganda

On March 15, 2020, Uganda’s government ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools, universities, and other educational institutions to stem the spread of COVID-19, keeping approximately 15 million children out of school. Twelve months …

Powering Ghana's Economic Development Through Nuclear Energy

Electricity supply in Ghana has been outstripped by electricity demand for decades. This has led to numerous energy crises, with negative consequences for the economy. Economic development is valued and the country aims to become highly industrialis…

Small-scale Off-grid Energy Systems: Improve Productivity by Increasing Women's Access to Electricity in Rural Nigeria

Less than a quarter of people living in rural areas of Nigeria have access to electricity. Without sufficient electricity access, household and farm productivity is stifled, and migration to urban areas is rife. These circumstances are dire for ever…

Nuclear Energy in Ghana

Ghana’s emerging nuclear power programme is the culmination of nearly 60 years of socioeconomic and political developments under successive governments since independence in 1957. As far back as 1961, President Kwame Nkrumah’s government instituted …

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