Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Electrical Power Distribution and its Impact on African Development


Electrical Power Distribution and its Impact on African Development

September 15, 2023 | 10:00 am | Africa Program

About the Event

In Africa, 600 million people, or 43 percent of the population, lack access to electricity. The issue has real-world consequences and is deeply political. The 2024 presidential election in South Africa, for instance, will focus in part on the inability of the government to prevent rolling blackouts that plague huge parts of the country. Energy is only one of the infrastructure shortfalls plaguing sub-Saharan Africa, but it is potentially the most important.

Africa experts Michael Walsh, Paul Nantulya, and Bob Wekesa will join FPRI Africa Program Chair Charles Ray for a discussion on power distribution, the Just Energy initiative, the role of China in infrastructure development, and how they impact development on the continent.

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Paul Nantulya

Paul Nantulya - Paul Nantulya is a Research Associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He is a subject matter specialist on Chinese foreign and security policy, China/Africa relations, and Africa’s relations with Southeast Asian countries. ; Speaker

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh - Michael Walsh is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Africa Program. ; Speaker

Bob Wekesa

Bob Wekesa - Bob is Partnerships and Research coordinator and Acting Director at the African Centre for the Study of the United States, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. ; Speaker

Charles A. Ray

Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. ; Moderator