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Why private finance is not filling the electricity supply funding gap in sub-Saharan Africa

Keith Palmer challenges the conventional view that the way to increase electricity consumption and grid access is to invest more in generating capacity regardless of cost.

The paper shows that consumption of electricity and grid access are constrained by lack of demand, the result of high billing costs and low incomes of the vast majority. The high cost of IPP capacity contracted over recent decades has increased billing costs in most countries, reducing household consumption and ability to access the grid.

If consumption and access are to increase more rapidly and better environmental outcomes are to be achieved then actions will be needed to drive down generation costs and increase the share of renewables in generation portfolios and stimulate more investment by priority business customers by reducing the cost and improving the reliability of their electricity supply.

The paper can be accessed here.

Keith is EfD’s Chair of Trustees.

Discussion paper: Why are sub-Saharan economies not growing sustainably?

Keith Palmer’s most recent discussion paper focuses on why sub-Saharan economies are not growing sustainably.

High GDP growth rates sustained across sub-Saharan Africa throughout the 2000-2012 “long decade” led some to claim that a process of economic transformation took place across the continent. However, the reality was very different with strong external drivers and weak domestic policy responses causing a deterioration in the competitiveness of agribusiness and manufacturing.

A breakdown in the favourable external environment since 2013 has exposed the need for major policy shifts, beyond simply restoring macro-economic balance. However, this will only be possible when host governments fully appreciate the nature and magnitude of the challenges their economies face and are willing to effect the necessary changes. At present too many have looked at the headline GDP growth rates and assumed wrongly that all is well.

The paper can be accessed here.

Keith is EfD’s Chair of Trustees.

Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case for Patient Capital

This paper explains the rationale for patient capital and how it can be deployed to support growth of sustainable agriculture and generate major benefits for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

ColaLife Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on ColaLife, an independent non-profit organisation focused on the distribution through participative approaches of health commodities, such as ORS, zinc, vitamin A, water purification methods, and other medicines or social products.

The case study provides an overview of the ColaLife, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

Linkage Africa Case Study

EfD has prepared a case study documenting the lessons learned from Linkage’s pilot scheme. Linkage is a vegetable brokerage enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Nakuru, Kenya. The pilot scheme was implemented between July-December 2014.