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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.

STEPS Africa launch workshop
Low Carbon Development in Africa workshop. Photo: STEPS Centre

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.

The workshop also marked the official launch of the STEPS Africa Sustainability Hub, one of five hubs in the Pathways to Sustainability Consortium.

Workshop report

Download the workshop report (pdf 532 KB)


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

Download the programme (pdf, 360KB)

Media coverage and blog posts

Event Storify – a selection of tweets, links and images from the workshop

Press coverage




10th June 2015 @ 8:00 am
12th June 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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