Entries by Mao Amis

Africa at COP26 : Looking beyond the rhetoric to climate action

Date: 28th October 2021 (2:00- 3:30pm ) SAT Platform: ZOOM REGISTRATION Background In a few days global leaders, scientists and climate activists will gather in Glasgow for COP26 climate change negotiations. This meeting comes at a time when the world is just starting to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic, in addition to […]

Drivers of inclusive energy access in Africa

Sub- Saharan Africa has the lowest access to electricity globally, with more than 592 million people without electricity. Debates around improving energy access in sub-Saharan Africa advocate for investments in off-grid renewable energy, to close the large energy gap. Despite these assertions, financial constraints, gender inequality and the exclusion of local communities remain major challenges […]

Greening urban spaces is critical for climate change adaptation

Globally, urbanization is advancing at unprecedented pace, with an estimated half of the global population dwelling in urban areas, this trend is projected to increase by over 60% by 2050. The trends are typified by stark contrast between Northern and Southern Urbanisation, with most of the contemporary and projected growth occurring in the Global South. […]

Energy access is still a dream for majority of women in Africa!

Improving access to energy is on the frontline of the global development agenda geared towards achieving SDG 7 that envisages a future where everyone is able to access affordable, reliable, sustainable  and modern energy. The global 2019 statistics reveal that the total number of people without access to energy dropped to 770 million from 860 […]

Africa day: A call to achieving Africa’s post Covid-19 Green recovery.

While we celebrate Africa day in light  of our continental unity, solidarity, diversity, successes and economic potential, this year’s Africa day comes at a time when the world is still battling with a pandemic that has affected livelihoods, especially in Africa. It has affected Africa’s food systems, energy access and further worsen the impacts of […]

Enhancing access to renewable energy

There is no doubt that COVID19 has caused a devasting impact on people’s lives, businesses and the economy as a whole. As countries grapple with recovery efforts, all the fundamentals need to be in place for an accelerated transition. However, lack of reliable electricity supplies to drive economic activity, remains a major challenge, as exemplified […]

Repost: Exploring opportunities for investing in water and sanitation

South Africa is a water scarce country, with very high variability and unpredictability in water availability. The rainfall is highly variable and is characterised by incidences of extreme weather conditions leading to droughts and flooding. As a result, the water management context of this is driven by these prevailing conditions, which has led to a […]

Building resilience of rural communities against climate change

Not a drop of water to drink The Orange- Senque river basin is one of the most important river basins in southern Africa, powering the economies of at least 4 countries. With its origins in Lesotho, it encompasses half of South Africa, a quarter of Namibia and a significant portion of southern Botswana. The Orange […]

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa’s poor

By Harald Winkler & Andrew Marquard, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town** Climate change needs urgent action by all countries, and by all means. All countries agreed in the Paris Agreement to keep temperature “well below 2℃” and pursue efforts to keep global temperature increase below 1.5℃. Virtually all countries have nationally determined contributions, […]

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We need a sustainable African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Last week marked an important milestone for Africa, when the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), came into effect on 30th May. AfCFTA has major implications for Africa’s development, if its is well implemented. AfCFTA could potentially create a single market for goods and services for Africa’s 1.2 billion people, with a combined GDP of […]