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Africa’s Energy Transition

February 1, 2024 • 1:30 – 2:00 pm EST

Africa is an energy paradox. Despite having rich reserves of minerals, oil and gas, Africa is the most energy-deficient continent in the world, as it is home to 75 percent of the world’s population without access to electricity. Universal access to electricity and clean cooking remains an elusive goal for most states in the region. There is an urgent need for intervention to improve access to cleaner energy, given Africa’s 1.4 billion population is forecasted to reach 2.5 billion by 2050, which, when coupled with rising incomes and urbanization, will lead to a significant increase in energy demand.  

Please join the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program for a conversation on achieving universal energy access in Africa amid global decarbonization. Andrew Herscowitz, Executive Director of ODI and former inaugural coordinator of President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative, will join Gracelin Baskaran, Research Director and Senior Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS, to discuss this and more. 

Read Achieving Universal Energy Access in Africa amid Global Decarbonization by Gracelin Baskaran and Sophie Coste

This event is made possible by general funding to CSIS and the CSIS Energy Security & Climate Change Program. 

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Director, Project on Critical Minerals Security and Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program