Friday, 17 March 2017

Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa

Source: Africa Progress Panel, 13th March 2017

An in-depth follow-up to the Africa Progress Report 2015

Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa is a follow-up to the Africa Progress Panel’s annual flagship report Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities, published in June 2015.

The 2015 report explored the links between energy, climate and development in Africa. It documented the risks that would come with a business-as-usual approach and highlighted the opportunities for African leaders.

As a global community, the report stated, we have the technology, finance and ingenuity to make the transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy future, but so far we have lacked the political leadership and practical policies needed to break the link between energy and emissions. The report concluded that Africa is well placed to be part of that leadership.

Building the political momentum

This new paper seeks to build on the political momentum that has been created over the past year to increase energy access in Africa.

Its main aim is to provide additional policy-relevant information and insights to support the implementation of ambitious new public and private initiatives now underway that aim to increase energy access swiftly across Africa, especially the New Deal on Energy for Africa, spearheaded by the African Development Bank.

In light of the continent’s dynamic links with the rest of the world, the paper also highlights critical steps that must be taken by leaders in the international public and private sectors.

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