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By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people will be living in a city. The vast majority of urbanization is occurring in the Global South, with Africa hosting 17 of the 20 fastest growing cities in the world. Clean Cooking Alliance and ICLEI Africa unveiled the report “The Future of Africa’s Sustainable Cities.
Does anyone actually think that the world’s most developed countries are going to start handing out more money at a more rapid pace because the UN says they should? I’m not counting on it. And I don’t think Africa should count on it. I’m not just basing my opinion on the developed world’s poor track record with respect to keeping promises.
Fresh analysis suggests that more and more homes and businesses are being powered by off-grid solutions, a factor that was not accounted for in past estimates. The World Energy Outlook 2023 notes a significant uptick in the number of homes and businesses turning to solar power to meet their energy needs.
A new World Bank programme is expected to accelerate clean energy access for 100 million people in up to 20 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa. In a region where only 48% of the overall population has access to electricity, the Accelerating Sustainable and Clean Energy Access Transformation programme is destined to be a game-changer.
The Startup|Energy initiative is offering a unique boot camp for clean energy innovators from selected universities in Uganda, Kenya and Germany: In April 2024, up to 12 innovators will meet in Nairobi to spend a week developing their CleanTech innovations in workshops.
A radical change in approach is needed to avoid leaving African countries behind. International partners need to engage with politics, support market structures to better allocate risk and adopt greater but more targeted risks themselves. Much of the existing support engages only at a technocratic level when many of the challenges are political.
Satellite providers are helping telecoms operators connect rural and remote communities on the African continent. Addressing connectivity gaps in rural and remote communities is one of the major themes this year of AfricaCom, a telecoms event taking place in Cape Town this week.
Source: Just Transition
African countries need to make over-riding choices between pursuing the traditional fossil fuel-based energy model of former colonial powers and emerging economies versus moving strongly in the direction of renewable energy.
Despite the traditionally male-dominated nature of the energy sector, African women have increasingly been breaking barriers, making significant contributions, and leading positive change in various aspects of the industry. The roles for women in the African energy sector are as diverse as they are impactful.
From energy importers to exporters, Africa is composed of different energy profiles. Despite conventional energy plants representing the predominant source of generation, oil, gas, and coal reserves can only be found in a handful of African countries.

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