ISSUE 56: ENERGY
JAN – MAR 2021

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Stiegler’s Gorge in Tanzania’s Nyerere National Park. Photo: Ross Harvey

Listen to GGA director Ross Harvey’s account of why Tanzania’s Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project is a folly that will not deliver the energy security President Magufuli seems convinced it will, read by Adrian Galley.

By Victor Ndula

INI EKOTT is the Assistant Managing Editor (News) at Premium Times, an online newspaper based in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to this, he reported for Next, an investigative newspaper in Lagos. He has written for IPS Africa and other publications and is a former Wole Soyinka investigative journalist of the year.

NICK BRANSON, Director of Gondwana Risk, advises foreign investors on key African markets and helps African governments to fine-tune their policy objectives. Nick has extensive experience of conducting research across the continent and producing actionable analysis for a range of different audiences. Nick undertook doctoral studies at SOAS, University of London, and previously worked at the think tank Africa Research Institute.

FISAYO ALO is a researcher at Good Governance Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a post-graduate diploma in agricultural extension and rural development. His interests include citizen’s participation in governance, economic development and sustainable community development. He coordinates research efforts at GGA-Nigeria.

ENIAYO IBIROGBA is a law graduate from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. Before studying law he got a degree in international law and diplomacy from Babcock university, Ogun state, Nigeria. His core interests are policy advisory, community development and human rights.

RONAK GOPALDAS is a director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. He was previously the head of country risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for a number of years, where he managed a team who provided the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a BCom degree in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and a BCom (Hons) from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also has an MSc in finance (economic policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

AMINDEH BLAISE ATABONG is a Cameroonian print and multimedia journalist. His interests include gender, human rights, climate change, environment, tech, conflict, peace-building and global development. In 2019, he was a finalist in the inaugural True Story Award, and also won a prestigious Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism (local category). He works for independent regional and international outlets, including for Quartz, Thompson Reuters Foundation News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Jeune Afrique, Epoch Times, African Arguments and Equal Times.

DIANNA GAMES is the chief executive of business consultancy Africa @ Work and a regular columnist on African issues for Business Day newspaper. She is a fellow of the GIBS Centre for Dynamic Markets in Johannesburg.

DR ANTHONY TURTON is a Professor at the University of Free State in the Centre for Environmental Management. His doctoral work was on transboundary river basin management as it intersected with national security and institutional development. He has contributed to knowledge and theory about the difference between a Regional Security Complex and a Hydropolitical Complex. He has worked with various government agencies throughout the world dealing with transboundary river basins as they become national security concerns. He is the African editor for Water Policy, the official journal of the World Water Council, where he also served as a Deputy Governor. He is a director of a tech company based at Stellenbosch developing machine learning and other big data interventions for the management of industrial processes involving water. He is a fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa and has published widely.

BARNABAS THONDHLANA has worked for Dow Jones and Bloomberg newswires as their Zimbabwe correspondent. He is the publisher of three community newspapers and a national daily, and a media trainer in investigative journalism. He has been instrumental in the formation of several independent newspapers, including the Zimbabwe Independent, The Daily News, The Daily News on Sunday, Newsday and The Observer.

Andrew Mambondiyani is a journalist based in Zimbabwe with a special interest in climate change, agriculture, sustainable development, human rights and the environment in general.

Grace Wu is a Smith Conservation Research Fellow at NCEAS, working with The Nature Conservancy and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. As an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, Grace uses spatial science approaches to study how to avoid or reduce natural habitat loss due to human land use–specifically from renewable energy development, reforestation as a climate solution, and food production. 

RANJIT DESHMUKH is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies program at the University of California Santa Barbara and a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as well as the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He leads the Clean Energy Transformation Lab (CETlab) at UCSB.

JOE WALSH is a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg. He writes about the environment, energy and the green economy as well as politics and society forBritish publications, including Environmental Finance, the New Statesman and The New European.

DR ROSS HARVEY is Director of Research & Programmes at GGA. Ross is a natural resource economist and policy analyst, and he has been dealing with governance issues in various forms across this sector since 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town, and his thesis research focused on the political economy of oil and institutional development in Angola and Nigeria.

Blame Ekoué is the Togo correspondent for the BBC and for Paris-based media house, ANA. He has also reported for Associated Press and Radio France International. He holds a BA in Communications from the Leader Institute in Lomé. Formerly deputy editor of the West Africa Revue, he has been a contributor to the Lome-based Business and Finance magazine since 2015.

JUSTUS WANZALA is a Kenyan journalist who writes on the environment, climate change, agriculture and practical technologies as well as sustainable development and social issues. Currently, he works for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and as a freelancer/contributor for various publications across the globe. COLLINS MTIKA is a Malawian independent Investigative Journalist and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM). He works for the Times Media Group which publishes The Daily Times, the Sunday Times and Malawi News, for which he is currently bureau chief for the Northern region.  

MUNYARADZI MAKONI is a journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He writes mostly on agriculture, climate change, environment, health, higher education, sustainable development and science in general. Some of his work has appeared in Hakai magazine, Intellectual Property Watch, IPS, Mongabay, Nature, Nature Index, Physics World, Science, SciDev.net, The Lancet, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and University World News, among others.

YUNUS MOMONIAT is a researcher and writer at South African History Online and an occasional political commentator.

Editorial

The figures are staggering. Six hundred million Africans have no access to electricity, making up 75% of the world’s 789 million people who live without electricity.

A far from bright future 

Africa’s collective electricity supply is bedevilled by weak legal frameworks and regional rivalry

Shaky ground for PPPs in Africa’s energy sector 

Africa’s involvement in PPPs has been limited by an inability to guarantee investor funds, and gaps in capacity Africa is home to about 1.3 billion people. It is the second-largest and second most populous continent in the world. The abundance of resources...

The struggle to keep pace

Africa’s collective electricity supply is bedevilled by weak legal frameworks and regional rivalry

Profit and power

Profit and power

Despite the benefits, gambling on a Russian-led nuclear future for Africa will end up the equivalent of a game of Russian roulette

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Book review

Book review

The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime. Routledge, London and New York; 2018

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