Smart Governments And Energy Entrepreneurs Can Lift Africa Out Of Its Energy Woes: Here’s How

Energy start-ups in Africa are all the rage today. But the few success stories shouldnt overshadow the fact that being an energy entrepreneur is a lot tougher than it seems – and providing energy is actually the state’s job


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Power Shortages Hold Africa Back In Unlikely Ways, But There Is Hope In The Good Old Sun

It takes the average Tanzanian eight years to consume as much electricity as an American uses in one month; a kettle boiled twice a day by a family in Britain uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year


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US Marines conducting a mass casualty exercise at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti. (Photo/ Flickr/ Staff Sgt. Samuel Roger)

Rivalry In Horn Of Africa: As Superpower Armies Set Up Shop In Tiny Djibouti, Saudi Arabia Too Comes Knocking

Djibouti at the confluence of three major geopolitical interests: shifting power plays in the Indian Ocean rim featuring Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, a US whose naval dominance is now challenged, and a rising Ethiopia


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Sunset on a rising city: Addis Ababa has been transformed by an infrastructure boom. (Photo/ Flickr/ Jeff Rebiffé)

Infrastructure Is China’s Sweet Deal For Africa, From A Country That Used More Cement In 3 Years Than The US Did In A Century

China is the largest single source of financing for infrastructure development outside of national budgets in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing over $13.4 billion in the region in 2013 alone


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Charcoal for sale, some in food aid bags, during the 2011 drought in Kenya. The fuel provides income for farmers when their crops fail. (Photo/ Flore de Preneuf/ World Bank)

Charcoal And The City: Household Energy Use In Urban Africa

Charcoal demand remains high even in wealthier households in urban Africa. People are happy to continue cooking using charcoal – even when they can afford not to – and spend the extra money in eating meat for example