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Executive Summary

The African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD) is a regional organisation with the key objective of strengthening the continents research capacity and harnessing it in the service of energy policy making and planning.  Initiated in 1987, AFREPREN/FWD is a collective regional response to the wide spread link between energy research and the formulation and implementation of energy policy in Africa.

In response to the recommendation of the November, 1998 AFREPREN/FWD Conference and General Assembly that brought together all AFREPREN/FWD researchers as well as advice from the evaluators of the previous research programme of AFREPREN/FWD and interested donor agencies, AFREPREN/FWD launched a new energy policy research programme, running from July, 1999 to December 2002, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).  Consequently the AFREPREN/FWD General Assembly (AGA) & Launching Workshop for AFREPREN/FWD's 1999 - 2002 Programme was convened on the 22nd - 27th August 1999 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objectives of the AGA were to: launch the new AFREPREN/FWD Research Programme; refine and elaborate the respective theme group proposals and identify one or two common research foci; select and elaborate research methodologies and techniques appropriate to selected one or two research foci; and, prepare draft theme group workplans for the 1999-2000 programmes

The meeting had participants comprising researchers, policy makers from various Utilities, Governments, Universities, Independent Research Centres and Private Sector in the following  10 countries: Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  In addition, energy experts and donor representatives from Sweden also attended the meeting.

The General Assembly Proceedings come in two volumes.  Volume 1 reports on the issues and developments of  the General Assembly whereas volume 2 is an attachment to volume 1 containing the interim country research proposals of the various theme groups.

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