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Executive Summary

The new AFREPREN/FWD Research Programme re-defined its research theme groups into non-fuel cross-cutting subjects and is initiating research work that addresses equity dimensions of the energy sector and energy efficiency and demand side issues. 

This report covers the activities of the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD) during the preparatory period of July to October 1999 which were largely financed by Sida and NORAD.  The primary objective of the preparatory phase of the new AFREPREN/FWD programme is to ensure that a sound basis is established for successful implementation of the proposed theme group research studies as well as ancillary training and support activities. Hence, the period was  largely dedicated to preparations; planning; elaboration of methodologies and analytical framework; and, training.

AFREPREN/FWD was also able to successful organize Theme Group meetings for the following core theme groups namely: Energy Sector Reform, Renewables and Energy for Rural Development and Energy Services for the Urban Poor, as well as organize a meeting for Special Projects for Energy Efficiency, Environment and Climate Change.  The report briefly outlines the proposed areas of focus for the country research studies following recommendations from invited stakeholders.

The AFREPREN/FWD programme has continued to forge ahead in its efforts to enhance information dissemination mainly through networking and communications; publications; and, library and documentation services.  In addition, AFREPREN/FWD members participated in meetings, fellowships and training workshops in the year 1999.  Overall, the progress realized in the July - October 1999 quarter was encouraging.  While the country's options are limited by a relatively poor energy resource endowment and a difficult geo-political setting, the report concludes that Lesotho could benefit from external assistance for energy institution building and forestry sector management to achieve self reliance in fuelwood.  Financial resources also are required for extending the power transmission system.

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