Electricity Access and Development Challenge in Africa
Headquarters Complex, Nairobi, Kenya
AFREPREN/FWD, Nairobi, Kenya
Background and Workshop
A series of regional engagements and workshops focusing on
the role of electricity for promoting sustainable development were
organized by AFREPREN/FWD. The
workshops series aimed at bringing together the best minds in economic
development, energy infrastructure and technology, finance and public
policy from developed and developing countries to forge new, cost
effective approaches to help create a sustainable energy future.The challenge of ensuring electricity access for
national economic development and at the same time providing increased
access to the poor parts of the population was the key theme for these
series of workshops.
main objective of the Nairobi workshop was to engage regional policy
makers in applying the GNESD energy access recommendations to their
local context with the expectation of creating a sense of local
ownership of the policy recommendations emerging from GNESD. The
workshop brought to the attention of the policy makers, the
role of increased electricity access in national development as well as
the need for enhancing electricity access among the poor.
participants attended the workshop. The
participants included Permanent
Secretaries in the
African Energy Ministries, Directors of national power utilities, regulators,
representatives of key bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, and
banking institutions, experts in energy, electricity, environment,
engineering, technology, finance, economics, regulatory agencies,
private sector, universities and research centers as well as civil
List of Invited Workshop Participants (Downloadable in PDF format)
workshop included introductory presentations by the GNESD Director that provided a brief overview of the post-WSSD GNESD Partnership
Initiative as well as highlighting its key activities and outputs.
workshop included four key technical sessions - on (i)
Electricity and Development (ii) The Dual Challenge (iii)
Energy and MDG
While there were plenary discussions after each presentation, a
significant amount of time was set aside for working group
discussions. This was to ensure ample time for in-depth deliberations on
the “Electricity Access” question with special emphasis on the role of
electricity access to national economic development. It was expected
that the planned group discussions would propose proven policy options
for increasing electricity access, especially among the poor as well as
measures for attracting investment to Africa’s power sector.
Workshop Agenda (Downloadable in PDF format)
Group Discussion Guidelines (Downloadable in PDF format)
For more information on the logistics
of the Workshop, please click here to
download the PDF document.
workshop was held at the UNEP Headquarters Complex in Gigiri,
Nairobi on 13 - 14 July 2005. For participants not residing in Kenya,
accommodation was provided at the Holiday Inn in Nairobi.
Increased awareness of GNESD and the findings of its research
work on Energy Access through presentations and distribution of
Enhanced debate on the role of electricity access for national
Provide forum for the key players in the energy sector to
meet and propose interventions that
could enhance energy access among the poor.
Seek additional support from a wider range of donors for ongoing and planned GNESD Access policy research program in the region.
Summaries of Working Group Discussions
Workshop Proceedings Report
Proceedings of the Nairobi Workshop (Download
proceedings in PDF Format)
For more information on the regional workshop, please contact the AFREPREN/FWD Secretariat at the following address:
Elgeyo Marakwet Close, Kilimani,
P.O. Box 30979, 00100 GPO,
Tel: +254-20-3866032/3871467/3873714/3872144 or +254-722-509804