Why is sub-Saharan Africa so Energy poor?

by Sophie Mbugua

Of the 789 million people without access to electricity globally, nearly 600million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. Countries like Kenya, Ghana, Eswatini, Ethiopia have made great efforts in electrification but still Sub-Saharan Africa is the least energised part of the world despite its abundance in energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal and difference fossil fuels.

Linus Mofor a senior environmental officer in charge of Energy, Infrastructure and climate change at the Africa climate Policy Centre of the Economic Commission for Africa explain how countries can address the energy deficiency and why investment in renewable energy is critical in nations recovery and meeting the Paris agreement goal.

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