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Building Electricity Supplies in Africa for Growth and Universal Access

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Andrew Scott
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Although Africa has enormous energy resources, more than half of the continent’s population does not have any access to electricity and generation is often unable to meet the demand of those who do. Growth and poverty reduction will be constrained if this deficit continues. This paper outlines the nature of the opportunities and challenges for expanding the supply of electricity to meet development objectives, taking into account recent reductions in the costs of renewable energy.