Carbon Pricing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Increasing global interest in national carbon pricing measures, and financial and political imperatives to introduce them, is driving active discussion in Africa on regional and country-appropriate approaches. A paucity of scholarship that is informed by a nuanced appreciation of the region’s specific carbon pricing context and dynamics means that the rapidly evolving African conversation is, generally speaking, unsupported by relevant analysis. In recognition of this deficiency, this study, commissioned by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and conducted by a South African and Kenyan team of carbon legal and technical specialists, is a timeous and important contribution to the African carbon pricing debate.

The impacts of Covid-19 on the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa

Michael Boulle & Anthony Dane (Change Pathways)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on economies and societies the world over, in a myriad of ways. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) the spread of the virus has not yet been as prolific as it has in some other parts of the world. However, with large parts of the population living under or close to the poverty line, fragile public health systems, inadequate infrastructure, and limited fiscal space, the region is more vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic than many other parts of the world. These vulnerabilities are evidenced in the rapidly accelerating infection rates in the region. The power sector has a vital role to play in ensuring the resilience of societies in their response to COVID-19, in driving the recovery of economies and stimulating socio-economic development. Conversely, the impact of COVID-19 on the power sector has implications for the resilience of the sector itself which is dependent on the characteristics of power sectors and is becoming increasingly apparent the world around (RES4Africa, 2020; AU, 2020; Ozili, 2020).

Le Model Asiatique

Publication de la KAS et la Fondation Brenthurst

En 1960, le PIB par habitant des pays d'Asie du Sud-Est était près de la moitié de celui de l'Afrique. En 1986, l'écart s'était rétréci et aujourd'hui, la tendance s'est inversée, plus de la moitié des plus pauvres du monde vivant désormais en Afrique subsaharienne. Pourquoi l'Asie du Sud-Est s'est-elle développée alors que l'Afrique a pris du retard ? L'aspiration asiatique relate les histoires incalculables de croissance explosive et de fortunes changeantes : les dirigeants, les événements et les choix politiques qui ont sorti un milliard de personnes de la pauvreté absolue en une seule génération, le plus grand changement de ce genre dans l'histoire de l'humanité. La pertinence de l’exemple de l’Asie du Sud-Est vient du fait que l’Afrique fait face à un boom démographique, qui peut soit conduire à une crise, soit à la prospérité ; et alors que l'Asie se transforme à nouveau, cette fois hors de la fabrication à bas prix en haute technologie, laissant un vide qui appartient à l'Afrique. Mais loin du déterminisme d’ « Africa Rising », ce livre appelle à un pragmatisme sans précédent dans la poursuite du succès africain.

Advocacy and Africa’s New Climate Economy: Evidence-Based Action

Workshop report

In Sub-Saharan Africa, bold climate action is required if the region is to successfully transition to the new climate economy, grounded in sustainable development practices and policies. The workshop aimed to generate ideas and recommendations that will result in concrete actions towards a more resilient and prosperous Africa.


New Frontiers in Local Content: Environment and Transparency

Workshop Report

There has been little consideration of how the broader social and environmental debates related to mining governance intersect with the agenda around local content. This workshop aimed at seeking to draw out key insights from the assembled stakeholders.

KAS_Scholarships 2020

The Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e. V. (KAS), based in Yaoundé, Cameroon is currently accepting applications for scholarships

The Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e. V. (KAS), based in Yaoundé, Cameroon is currently accepting applications for scholarships in the following areas: Energy, climate change, environment or sustainable development.

Mike Hutchings, Reuters

When the Lights Go Out

The Impact of Corruption on the Electricity Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than half of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity. This is partly due to endemic corruption, the cost of which hampers the expansion of energy infrastructure. In the fight against corruption, it is vital to strengthen good governance and build effective, accountable state institutions as set out in Goal 16 of Agenda 2030.

Sustainable Extractive Industries: The Role of Local Content provisions

Policy brief

Enhancing local content in mineral supply chains holds the potential to contribute to employment and socio-economic development in mining jurisdictions, as well as improve mining companies’ social license to operate. Yet poorly framed and implemented local content frameworks can have a number of negative impacts, including undermining the competitiveness and even viability of certain operations. Almost all countries with significant extractive industries (mining as well as oil and gas) have some form of regulatory framework seeking to support greater local engagement in extractive value chains, but these policies have a mixed record of success and there is a great diversity in how these frameworks have been designed. This policy brief outlines key recommendations emerging from a workshop convened by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Programme for Energy Security and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa and the South African Institute of International Affairs, which was hosted on 18 July 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana. Recommendations centre on the question of how ‘local’ is defined in the context of local content provisions, considerations related to industry competitiveness, the issue of reporting and transparency, and the relationship between corporate social responsibility and local content provisions. The key conclusion is that, while implementation challenges and potential impacts on competitiveness related to local content requirements must be acknowledged, this should not justify inaction; there is a need for a systematic, incremental and transparent process to enhance local content in mineral supply chains.

Carlos Barria, Reuters

CO2-Bepreisung Internationale Impulse für die deutsche Debatte

Ungeachtet des schwierigen politischen Umfeldes für CO2-Bepreisung, vor allem in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern, ist das Instrument auf dem Vormarsch. Zahlreiche internationale Organisationen fördern diese Entwicklung, indem sie institutionelle und technische Hilfestellung leisten. Inwieweit das ausreicht, um mittelfristig überall auf der Welt wirkungsvolle CO2-Bepreisungsansätze herbeizuführen, bleibt jedoch offen.

La COP chez nous 2019

Temps pour l’Action – Genre, jeunesse et Finance Climat’

10 pays d’Afrique Centrale se retrouvent à Yaoundé du 08 au 10 Octobre 2019

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