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Economic Recovery and the Energy Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities in a High Price Environment

Past Event

April 27, 2022

9:00 am - 10:15 am utc

The COVID-19 crisis has had a deep impact on economies and energy transition prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The current period of high inflation and high energy prices have exacerbated existing challenges and put the energy trilemma at the center of a just energy transition in the region. The conundrum of increasing energy access, improving security of supply, protecting affordability, and achieving environmental sustainability all at once necessitate more strategic thinking about the exact roles of governments, companies and international financial institutions. This webinar discussed electricity access, power sector reform, and the potential of gas-fired electricity to help the power sector transition to a more sustainable model.


  • Tom Moerenhout, Professor and Research Scholar at Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA and Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern


  • Eric Kehinde Ogunleye, African Development Bank and author of Political economy of Nigerian power sector reform
  • Yadviga Semikolenova, World Bank, Lead Energy Economist and Infrastructure Program Leader, Nigeria
  • Richard Halsey, International Institute for Sustainable Development (South Africa) and author of Gas pressure: Exploring the case for gas-fired power in South Africa