Informing Power Sector Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Learning from Experiences in the Global South

Covid-19 has had significant and varied impacts on countries in the global South, and the responses of these countries to this pandemic have been similarly varied. This brief explores a wide range of Covid-19 power-sector responses from developing countries in Latin America and Asia, especially examples with a direct link to renewable energy (RE). It includes new and repurposed responses (including policies, programmes, projects, initiatives, and funds) implemented by a wide range of agents (including governments, the private sector, civil society, donors, and others). However, it has a particular focus on the role that governments played in directly or indirectly enabling and implementing responses.

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Klimapartnerschaften als Baustein einer strategischen Außenpolitik

In vielen Schwellenländern gibt es Potenzial, Treibhausgas-Emissionen zu reduzieren. Klimapartnerschaften bieten sich hierbei als Instrument an

Längst ist der Klimawandel zu einem zentralen Bereich der internationalen Politik geworden. Grund dafür ist der Charakter des Problems: Nur wenn alle mitziehen, kann der Ausstoß von klimaschädlichen Gasen effizient verringert werden. Neben multilateralen Konferenzen können auch bilaterale Klimapartnerschaften ein Werkzeug der internationalen Politik sein.

New Frontiers in Local Content: Environment and Democracy

Mining companies are some of the most important private sector actors in many countries in Sub-Sahara Africa, yet in many cases their linkages with the national economies in which they extract minerals is limited. In recent years there has been a growing interest in how mining companies can be better integrated within the economies of mining jurisdictions through local content policies

It is about their story

How China, Turkey and Russia influence the media in Africa

Solar Energy in East Africa – Opportunities, Challenges and the Impact of COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel corona virus disease has impacted renewable energy in Africa. Although much of the world is experiencing reduced energy demand due to on-going lockdown measures which has resulted in unstable oil prices, and traditional logic suggests that low oil prices can make renewable energy less competitive. However, African Governments and relevant stakeholders are recognising the important role renewable energy (and in particular solar energy) can play in fighting the pandemic and in assisting businesses to stay afloat following this disruption.

Energy and Covid-19: Sustainable Finance

An essential tool to enable access to clean and affordable energy in Namibia

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 targets to ensure access to affordable and clean energy to all beings by 2030. Namibia is characterized by low energy access levels, especially in rural areas. Renewable energy in the form of hydropower, solar, wind and biomass are sources of clean energy in Namibia, but coal and oil still provide a large portion of the country’s energy. Incremental policies and financial resources are still required to support growth in investments for on-grid, mini grid, and off-grind energy complemented by energy efficiency projects to address energy challenges. Options including microcredit, project finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) can be considered to achieve community electrification and energy efficiencies depending on the scale of the project.

Energy and Covid-19: The era of sustainable finance

Could Green Bonds & Social Bonds be the solution to South Africa’s socio-economic woes?

Climate-related risks are far-reaching, and research indicates that they will impact all sectors. Consequently, addressing climate change is no longer viewed as a “government issue”, but rather a challenge that needs to be tackled using collective action and a collaborative approach involving both public and private sector stakeholders. The last five years have witnessed more and more private capital being mobilised towards green investments. While climate-related finance is growing, the current levels of investment are nowhere near where they should be in order to facilitate transformational change and reach the globally agreed upon climate goals. There is an urgent need to address this funding gap and the mobilization of both public and private sector funding is of para-mount importance in this regard.

Covid-19, NDC updates, and power sector overhauls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Emerging opportunities for achieving just and prosperous futures

Tarification du carbone en Afrique Subsaharienne

L’intérêt mondial croissant pour les mesures nationales de tarification du carbone et les impératifs financiers et politiques liés à leur introduction suscitent un débat actif en Afrique, sur les approches régionales et nationales appropriées. La rareté des études, qui s’appuient sur une appréciation nuancée du contexte et du dynamique spécifique de la région en matière de tarification du carbone, signifie que la conversation africaine, qui évolue rapidement, n’est généralement pas étayée par une analyse pertinente. Compte tenu de ces lacunes, cette étude, commanditée par la Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) et menée par une équipe sud-africaine et kenyane de spécialistes juridiques et techniques du carbone, constitue une contribution importante et opportune au débat sur la tarification du carbone en Afrique.

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).

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