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Navigating Africa’s Energy Gap: Climate Protection, Clean Energy, and Investment Strategies for Sustainable Development

October 5, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

About the Event​

Over 600 million people in Africa currently lack electricity, and more than 930 million people do not have access to clean cooking fuels. Therefore, Africa has the lowest rates of energy access globally. To make modern energy available to everyone in Africa, we need to invest $25 billion every year. This amount is approximately 1% of the total global energy investment right now, and it is similar to the cost of constructing a single large liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. ‘’This underscores the indisputable case for greater efforts to achieve universal energy access and that reaching this goal is well within our means as a global community”-Africa Energy Outlook 2022. In this edition of the ASR Talk, we will answer questions around affordability and funding energy access. Furthermore, we will discuss the dilemma of the seemingly conflicting objectives of mitigating climate change and achieving universal energy access, as well as strategies to attract greater investments to the African continent.

French Translation

Simultaneous translation will be provided for those who wish to listen in French.


The recording of the ASR Talk is now available:

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Guest Speaker’s Profile

Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Deputy Director for Africa, at the World Resources Institute, where she works to create widespread public access to high-quality data and insights for mobilizing sustainable development solutions. Prior to joining WRI, Rebekah was the Chief of Research at Power for All, a global non-profit organization advancing universal energy access. Over her tenure Rebekah built a novel energy research dissemination engine that fills critical knowledge gaps for practitioners and decision-makers on implementing integrated utility energy services, unlocking agricultural value-addition, and creating livelihoods in the African context, receiving multiple awards for this work. Rebekah earned her PhD and MSc from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, where as a University Chancellor’s Fellow she designed innovative tools for power system planning in emerging markets. She has over fifteen years of experience leading energy and environmental research across Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Hailing from the West Indies with roots in Jamaica and Trinidad, Rebekah now lives in Nairobi with her husband. Together they enjoy exploring Kenya’s great outdoors. She also lectures at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, where she mentors young students and researchers.


Daniella Ngarambe

Researcher, Africa School of Regulation

Guest Speaker

Dr. Rebekah Shirley

Deputy Director for Africa, World Resources Institute