Entries by Mao Amis

Uganda needs a rethink of its oil and gas aspirations

16th September 2022 – On Wednesday, the European Parliament passed an important resolution thatofficially recognizes the catastrophic climate and environmental risks posed by the construction of the EastAfrican Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The resolution urged TotalEnergies to postpone the project, to enable feasibility studies to explore an alternative route to safeguard protected and sensitive ecosystems […]

Fintech is key to building resilient food systems

The way natural resources have been extracted in most African countries has led to a lot of injustices, be it social, economic, political, gender, environmental, etc. Amid the climate change crisis, instead of bringing development the exploitation of fossils, land, and forest resources, for example, has often led to the displacement of local communities, loss […]

How should Africa respond to the global food & fuel crisis?

What the current global oil crisis means for Africa. The current global crisis occasioned by the war in Ukraine has led to a sharp increase in food and oil prices. This is partly because Russia and Ukraine produce a large percentage of the world’s exported wheat and corn. The ongoing situation is of great concern […]

Liberia: Climate smart food system innovation to drive prosperity

Liberia is still battling with a wide range of socio-economic challenges partly steming from the war between 1989- 2003 and most recently, Ebola. Today, the country is termed as one of the world’s poorest countries, fragile to conflict and susceptible to more disease outbreaks. It is characterized with high levels of poverty, lack of access […]

Energy transition: Importance of community participation

An overview The concept of just energy transition has been in the centre of grassroot organizations for decades. It has been used in various spheres like labour movements and environmental justice campaigns as it addresses the externalities of climate actions. However, it only gained momentum over the past few years when it was used to […]

Sector Analysis: Energy governance reforms in Uganda

A government proposal to amend the current Electricity Act Cap. 145 has been tabled before Uganda’s parliamentary committee on natural resources. It follows a report published by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources which recommended that the three electricity agencies such as Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) […]

The impact of Uganda’s final investment decision on its low carbon future

The signing of the Final Investment Decision (FID) between Total Energies, CNOOC and the Ugandan government on 1st February positioned Uganda as a potential league member of oil exporting countries in Africa. The agreement will see investments close to $10 billion in developing Uganda’s oil resources and construction of a 1,444-kilometer pipeline  from Uganda to […]

Lack of energy access as a barrier to doing business

One of the biggest challenges Africa faces, is undoubtedly lack of access to reliable and cost effective energy. Less than 50% of the African population is connected to a national grid, and in some countries such as Uganda only 20% have access. The benefits of  energy access to human wellbeing are well documented, including access […]

Just transition: A critique of South Africa’s 2022/23 budget speech!

On Wednesday 23rd February, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Mr Enoch Godongwana delivered the 2022 budget speech to outline government’s plans aimed at improving public service delivery and the economy. A further breakdown of how the government will finance commitments made by the president in the State of National Address was given. In general the […]