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The Energy Challenge in Sub-​​Saharan Africa: A Guide for Advocates and Policy-​​Makers

January 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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“The Energy Chal­lenge in Sub-​​Saharan Africa:

A Guide for Advo­cates and Policy-​​Makers”


12:00 — 1:30 p.m.


J.W. Mar­riott Hotel, 1331 Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue, NW, Wash­ing­ton, DC

Refresh­ments will be served


Efforts to address the energy chal­lenges in sub-​​Saharan Africa have been ani­mated by two main debates. First, what is the role for renew­able energy sources ver­sus fos­sil fuels in address­ing the Region’s gen­er­a­tion short­fall? Sec­ond, what is the role for cen­tral­ized ver­sus dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion capac­ity in address­ing energy poverty? The U.S. is an estab­lished part­ner in many African coun­tries and has played an impor­tant role in help­ing to shape the Region’s energy sys­tems. Under the new Admin­is­tra­tion, energy issues will remain cen­tral to devel­op­ment efforts, and these same debates will con­tinue to influ­ence the Region’s energy future.


Please join Oxfam and the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley for the launch of two reports, each focus­ing on one of these debates. The launch will include a dis­cus­sion with the authors of the reports who will share their expert per­spec­tives and answer ques­tions from the audience.



  • Daniel M. Kam­men,Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley; Found­ing Direc­tor of the

Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL); Sci­ence Envoy, U. S. State Department;

  • Nkiruka Avila, Research Scholar, RAEL, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
  • James Mor­ris­sey,Researcher, Oxfam America
  • Respon­dent: Kather­ine Steel, Energy Direc­tor, Power Africa
  • Mod­er­a­tor: Lisa Fried­man,Edi­tor, ClimateWire


Where: J.W. Mar­riott Hotel — Wash­ing­ton, DC

1331 Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue, NW (Entrance on 14th Street, just off the cor­ner of 14th Street and Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue)


Please RSVP so we can get an accu­rate head count by Jan­u­ary 26 to Ladeene Freimuth at: ladeene@​freimuthgroup.​com.

Oxfam Amer­ica | +1 (202) 805 7459| Wash­ing­ton, DC www​.oxfamamer​ica​.org | face​book​.com/​o​x​f​a​m​a​m​e​r​ica |twit​ter​.com/​o​x​f​a​m​a​m​e​r​ica



For those who can­not attend, the doc­u­ments on energy access in sub-​​Saharan Africa, and on gaps in on-​​grid energy ser­vices and sys­tems that will be pre­sented at the release event will go live on 1/​31 at the

Oxfam Project website:



January 31, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004 United States
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