of Power Sector Reform in Africa: Impact on the Poor
Karekezi and John Kimani
Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN/FWD),
research literature on power sector reform in Africa indicates that few African
decision-makers question the underlying rationale of power sector reform. Many
simply accept it as a given and concentrate on identifying measures that would
expedite the reform process. This tunnel vision perspective undermines the
possibility of developing more nuanced alternatives that can generate a wider
range of options that reflect the region=s
characteristics and institutional/management capacity.
This article is based on a regional study by the authors reviewing the
status, challenges and prospects of ongoing and planned power sector reform in
eastern and southern Africa with special emphasis on the implications for the
have improved generation capacity as well as financial performance in certain
there are several challenges that reforms are yet to address.
These challenges include poor performance at the transmission and
distribution end; increased electrification of the poor; and; increased local
participation in the power sector.
There is inadequate information and data on how ongoing and planned power
sector reform can be modified to address the aforementioned challenges,
particularly with regard to electrification of the poor.
This article suggests a number of measures that could allow the poor to
benefit from power sector reform.
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