Energy Data Challenges In Africa’s Electricity Landscape

Universal access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy remains a challenge, especially in Africa. In 2019, some 759 million people still did not have access to electricity – 570 million (75%) in sub-Saharan Africa – and at the rate of progress as of 2021, the world was not on track to meet Sustainable Development Goal […]

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Solutions In Africa Policy Proposals For Development Finance Institutions

Africa’s energy production and consumption reflects the unsustainable use of its wellendowed hydrocarbon resources, manifesting in profoundly unequal access and grossly uneven socio-economic economic outcomes. Beset by considerable energy deficits and structural challenges, including inadequate capacity of power utilities, the energy markets in numerous African countries are fragmented and unsustainable. While some progress had been […]

Geopolitics Of Critical Minerals In Renewable Energy Supply Chains

Addressing the climate change crisis calls for an accelerated deployment of renewableenergy technologies – solar panels and wind turbines – as well as a shift towards electric vehicles (EV) (Bainton et al., 2021). The manufacturing of these technologies, however, relies on the availability and supply of different types of critical minerals. Lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese […]

Towards An African Green Industries Value Chain Within The AfCFTA

A transition to a lower-carbon world economy is already well under way. There can be no doubt that it will gather momentum in the near future and have an increasing impact on all economic activity in every part of the world. The reasons for this transition are well known. High carbon-emitting industrial activity has disrupted […]

Energy Transitions, Regional Electricity Markets And Industrialisation Prospects In Africa

African nations have a variety of development needs, but all share a common ambition to industrialise. Expanding access to reliable and affordable electricity sits at the heart of development. However, energy sectors on the continent face a wide range of interlocking challenges, including low access rates, unreliable network infrastructure and high energy costs. Furthermore, energy […]

From Climate Risk to Resilience

Extensive work on adaptation, nationally, regionally and internationally (and across sectors) is being done and the climate and development imperative is well understood and endorsed. However, a chronic funding and implementation deficit persists. Africa needs a better “action” scenario that supports climate and economic resilience. This underscores the need for a more action-oriented approach to […]

Senegal secures $2.7bn JETP funding

Senegal and the International Partners Group (IPG), comprising France, Germany, the EU, the UK and Canada, have announced a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) – a deal that secures $2.7bn for Senegal’s efforts to achieve its transition to a low-carbon economy. Launched on 22 June at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in […]

Exploring Chinese Investment in Africa’s Critical Minerals Sector

In May 2023, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was in China to discuss overhauling mining contracts signed under his predecessor and wooing Chinese investment. The DRC is a country rich in critical minerals, including cobalt, copper, and lithium, essential for the global economy and various industries such as renewable energy, […]