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Regional Workshop


Electricity Access and Development Challenge in Africa

13-14 July 2005

UNEP Headquarters Complex, Nairobi, Kenya

Organised by

AFREPREN/FWD, Nairobi, Kenya

Background and Workshop Objectives

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.

The 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.


About 150 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 society representatives.

List of Invited Workshop Participants (Downloadable in PDF format)


Workshop Format

The 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.

The workshop included four key technical sessions - on (i) Electricity and Development (ii) The Dual Challenge (iii) Energy and MDG Challenge and (iv) Working Group Presentations.  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.



The 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. 

Expected Outcomes

  1. Increased awareness of GNESD and the findings of its research work on Energy Access through presentations and distribution of publications.

  2. Enhanced debate on the role of electricity access for national economic development.

  3. Provide forum for the key players in the energy sector to meet and propose interventions that could enhance energy access among the poor.

  4. Seek additional support from a wider range of donors for ongoing and planned GNESD Access policy research program in the region.

Opening Remarks


Summaries of Working Group Discussions

Background Material

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,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-20-3866032/3871467/3873714/3872144 or +254-722-509804
Fax: +254-20-3861464/3876470/3740524
E-mail:  AFREPREN/FWD@africaonline.co.ke , stephenk@africaonline.co.ke or skarekezi@form-net.com

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