Unlocking Investment in Africa’s Renewables: What are the Binding Constraints?

Thursday 19 January 2017 09:00 to 17:30
The Wellcome Collection, London

Home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, sub-Saharan Africa is currently facing a large electricity deficit, which results in frequent black-out periods and has an impact on education, health and business.

Staff clean the solar array panels at the Karen Blixen Camp in the Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya. Credit: M. Ostergaard - Panos

This one-day event is looking at why renewable energy has not taken off in Africa, despite significant promises of investment. It will share unique insights from the Green Growth Diagnostics in Africa project into the blockages or "binding constraints" to green investment, with Ghana and Kenya as case studies.

Who should go? 

A must-go event for anyone working on investment in renewables in Africa, particularly: industry, practitioners, academics and investors.

Programme for the day 

We have organised five expert panels around the following areas, which will both share insights from our research and from their own experiences, in the following areas: 

  • Planning
  • Regulation
  • Finance
  • Social acceptance
  • Political economy

Download full programme for the day

Distinguished speakers will include:

  • Andrew Barnett, the Policy Practice, UK
  • Dr. Simon Bawakyillenuo, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, Ghana
  • Guy Doyle, Chief Economist, Energy & Carbon at Mott MacDonald, UK
  • Stephany Griffith-Jones, Emeritus Fellow, IDS and and Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University
  • Helen Hoka Osiolo, Policy Research Analyst, Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)
  • Dr Jeremy Lind, Research Fellow, Resource Politics, IDS
  • Professor Yacob Muguletta, Energy and Development Policy, UCL, UK
  • Edwin Nateminya, Consultant, Integral Services, Kenya
  • Professor Peter Newell, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex
  • Dr Neil McCulloch, Associate, The Policy Practice
  • Dr Ana Pueyo, Research Fellow (GGDA Project Lead), Green Transformations, IDS, UK
  • Lucy Stevens, Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Energy and Urban WASH and waste management, Practical Action, UK
  • Andrew Tipping, Managing Economist, ECA, UK
  • Dr Neal Wade, Senior Research Associate, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, UK

Listen to Ana Pueyo's introduction to the event

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