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Focus Session

Regional focus: Africa

How can hydropower solve new challenges in Africa?

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 12:45-13:35

Hydropower has a major role in the transition to low-carbon energy systems in the region and is a vital solution towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its development offers the opportunity to boost clean electricity production, widen access to electricity and improve livelihoods.

With over 350 GW of hydropower potential, only about 7 per cent of the continent’s economically feasible hydropower potential has been tapped and only two thirds of the population have access to electricity.

Many African countries are embracing hydropower to meet the electricity demand. Regional cooperation and integration – through the Power Pools – presents an opportunity for effectively exploiting and managing the region’s hydropower resources, while decentralised solutions can help complement to grid-based electrification. Both on-grid and off-grid solutions are vital to meet the targets set out in SDGs 6 and 7.

Session objectives:

This session will present the latest trends and developments shaping the region including:

  • an overview highlighting where capacity has been added, project developments and policy updates; and
  • short deep dives into developments occurring in Ethiopia, Cameroon and Ghana led by local experts.

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