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Low Carbon Development in Africa
10th June 2015 @ 8:00 am - 12th June 2015 @ 5:00 pm
This event aimed to shape the research, policy and practice agendas for low-carbon development in Africa. It was also the launch event for the STEPS Africa Sustainability Hub.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, two-thirds of people still lack access to electricity. Working for economic development and reducing poverty, while addressing climate change, is a complex and pressing challenge.
To debate ways forward, this event in Nairobi brought together over 100 international delegates drawn from government, industry, universities and civil society. It was jointly hosted by the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the STEPS Centre, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), the Stockholm Enviroment Institute Africa (SEI Africa), and Practical Action.
Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya, gave the keynote address on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury on Kenya, Hon. Henry Rotich.
Sessions covered at the workshop included:
- Low-carbon pathways out of energy poverty
- Case studies of research in Africa
- Energy access
- Knowledge gaps and inclusion
- African priorities for research, policy and practice
Media coverage and blog posts
Event Storify – a selection of tweets, links and images from the workshop
- SciDev.Net Low-carbon hubs could help solve Africa’s energy gap 3 July 2015
- Other coverage: Coastweek / ScienceAfrica / SpyGhana
- Africa Sustainability Hub will promote low-carbon opportunities by David Ockwell, 19 June 2015
- Pro-poor, low carbon energy conversations across the STEPS global consortium by Adrian Ely, 16 June 2015
- STEPS Africa Sustainability Hub launched in Nairobi by Ian Scoones, 10 June 2015
- Kenyan Finance Minister: STEPS Africa “a huge contribution” by Ian Scoones, 10 June 2015
- Knowledge is power: towards low carbon energy in Africa by Nathan Oxley, 10 June 2015
- Why access to energy is crucial for economic growth and poverty reduction by Ian Scoones, 10 June 2015