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Beating Africa’s Power Problem: The Issues Holding Africa Back


  • The issues surrounding Africa's electricity shortages are multifaceted and include decades of neglect in building up country-wide infrastructure, a lack of international investment, poor regulatory frameworks and the difficulty surrounding bankability of power projects.
  • To best understand Kenya's strategies for success, the factors that have hindered the development of Sub Saharan Africa's power development must be understood Again, these factors are many and multi-dimensional but a foundational problem is the unequal footing on which African countries have had to base their modern infrastructure development due to the inequitable (and often cruel) legacy of European colonialism.
  • The African Development Bank, in its 2018 report on the energy regulations in Africa, said “much work remains in strengthening regulatory independence vis-a-vis the regulated industry and the executive branch of government, as well as capacity for regulators to be able to effectively regulate the electricity sector and ensure its long-term health and sustainability.”


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