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ISSUE 56

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A far from bright future 

A far from bright future 

More people in Africa live without electricity than anywhere else and there is little hope things will change soon When it comes to access to energy, Africa’s figures are noticeably unimpressive....

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The struggle to keep pace

The struggle to keep pace

Africa's collective electricity supply is bedevilled by weak legal frameworks and regional rivalry An estimated 580 million Africans lack access to electricity, three quarters of the global total....

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Shaky ground for PPPs in Africa’s energy sector 

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 notwithstanding, the continent remains under-developed and very little of these resources have translated into sustained […]

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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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A heavy price to pay

A heavy price to pay

Being forced to use generators to supplement erratic power supplies is a heavy burden for African business.

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Rocky ride for Nigeria’s power sector

Rocky ride for Nigeria’s power sector

Nigeria’s power supply is bedevilled by infrastructural decay, corruption, inefficiency and a lack of capacity.

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A powerhouse for regional integration

A powerhouse for regional integration

The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile might just offer hidden opportunities

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The high cost of slaving over a hot stove

The high cost of slaving over a hot stove

Africa’s rural poor are particularly reliant on biomass for cooking and heating, exposing them to high levels of pollutants.

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China’s billion dollar dirty coal projects

China’s billion dollar dirty coal projects

China is investing heavily in coal-fi red plants in Africa, even as it prioritises renewables at home

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Wind and solar change the game  

Wind and solar change the game  

As the third phase of DRC’s Inga 3 hydropower project falters, questions have been raised about the financial risk to both host and its main client, South Africa

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Power for the people

Power for the people

The solution to Africa’s energy defiicit requires a multi-layered approach

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Power for the people

Power for the people

Africa’s energy deficit requires a multi-layered approach Africa faces a gigantic energy challenge. Latest estimates are that on the continent 600 million people, virtually all residing in sub-Saharan Africa and amounting to more than half the population, still don’t...

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A very expensive white elephant

A very expensive white elephant

The Stiegler’s Gorge project is a 48-year-old folly that will not deliver the energy security that President John Magufuli seems convinced it will Every aspirant dictator seems to want at least one Soviet-style mega-project to their name. It is almost as if the construction of a white elephant will validate the personality cult that they invariably build for themselves. The Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in Tanzania is...

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BOOK REVIEWS

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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 You have read all of your free articles, to continue reading simply register to claim your complimentary three-day all-access pass. Registration is quick and free You can claim your complimentary all-access pass and choose newsletters to receive by email. Create an account Subscription rates Subscribe for full access to all our content and choose newsletters to receive by email. See Our Rates We hope you enjoyed your complimentary access. Stay informed on issues that matter most to you. Become a subscriber today! Already have an account? Sign...

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Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Book Review  Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery Edited by Rabah Arezki, Simeon Djankov and Ugo Panizza Published by Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2021   With most of the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, different regions face unique...

A grim future awaits states who do not procure energy

A grim future awaits states who do not procure energy

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 In pre-industrial society, one used wood and fire for heat and light, gathering wood from the environment on a...

Outbreaks, epidemics and the health of Africa

Outbreaks, epidemics and the health of Africa

Book review Epidemics and the Health of African Nations published by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) 2019 and edited by Zamanzima Mazibuko Epidemics and the Health of African Nations explores Africa’s vulnerability to diseases and ably...

Buried deep within our hearts and never forgotten

Buried deep within our hearts and never forgotten

Book review Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Viviana Mazza; published by Harper Collins 2018 Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is the heartbreaking account of a true- life event that happened in the small north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok....

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

Liberation movements begin as war machines animated by the desire for justice and, if successful, end up as governments clinging on to power... continue reading You have read all of your free articles, to continue reading simply register to claim your complimentary...

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