Contextualizing electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa

Onyeji I, Bazilian M, & Nussbaumer P (2012). Contextualizing electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa. Energy for Sustainable Development 16 (4): 520-527. DOI:10.1016/j.esd.2012.08.007.

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Abstract

This paper presents statistical findings from research focusing on factors that may help explain electricity access levels in emerging countries. It focuses on why SSA countries are lagging behind with regard to the provision of electricity services, despite reforms in the electricity sector. Poverty levels, gross domestic savings, energy-related gross fixed capital formation, rural population and population density are used as independent variables in the econometric analysis. We find that some factors characterizing electricity access levels in SSA countries have a different impact than those in other developing economies. Our results show that the size of rural population plays a more important role in SSA countries than in non-SSA countries. Furthermore, government effectiveness appears to explain more of the variation in electricity levels in SSA countries than in non-SSA countries. The requirements for clear political commitment and leadership with a strong focus on providing electricity access to the rural poor are underscored.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electricity access; Energy poverty; Energy policy
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Energy for Sustainable Development; 16(4):520-527 (December 2012) (Published online 18 September 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 15:14
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9875

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