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Energy transition has gained significant attention in recent years as concerns about climate change and environmental degradation have grown, along with the recognition of the potential for renewable energy sources to provide a more secure, resilient, and equitable energy system. Governments around the world have introduced a range of policies and legislation to promote the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, such as feed-in tariffs, renewable portfolio standards and carbon pricing mechanisms; and Africa should tap in and adapt policies that are favorable for respective country needs. Many African countries have set ambitious renewable energy targets, and some have already made significant progress in increasing the share of renewable energy in their energy mix. A large part of Africa has however been left out of the energy transition. Research indicates that only 2% of global investments in renewable energy in the last two decades were made in Africa, with significant regional disparities. In Sub-Saharan Africa, electrification rate was static at 46% in 2019 with 906 million people still lacking access to clean cooking fuels and technologies. These disparities underscore the challenge in promoting a just energy transition in Africa, largely premised on weak policies and legislation, lack of political goodwill, human and technical incapacity, among others. It is this challenge that the proposed Policy Dialogue seeks to address by analyzing the various gaps in the policies and regulations set out in the region, with particular focus on Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda & Tanzania.

The Africa Regional Extractives Industry Knowledge Hub (AFREIKH) is a collaborative initiative between the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). AFREIKH’s establishment is premised on governance deficits and challenges plaguing the extractives sector in Africa that have in some in instances resulted in the “resource curse”. To address this situation, AFREIKH has adopted a three-pronged approach centered around research, skills-based training and policy engagement linking knowledge with practice.

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