This report details the proceedings and outcomes of a workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2003, examining energy security in Sub-Saharan Africa.The report highlights the fact that one of the key reasons why sustainable development has not been achieved within East Africa is due to poor access to cleaner domestic and commercial energy. The report discusses the current energy supply in East Africa, methods of meeting this demand, and the importance of creating awareness within the national government and NGO community.The workshop participants agreed on a number of issues that need to be addressed in securing East Africa's energy needs, including:the development and strengthening of East African energy policiesto forge stronger partnerships with the government, civil society, private sector and communitiesto move forward as a region and as a continent in the context of the new initiatives such as NEPAD, CDM, WSSD and other innovative frameworksdevise practical solutions for the energy problems facedto provide access to clean energy to rural communitiesdisseminate policies and research findings to communities within the regionrenew efforts in research and enhance abilities in data collectioncapacity building at all levelsgreater efforts to be put in the exploration of hydrocarbons, solar and geothermal reserves in the regionshift the biomass market from informal to formal by developing appropriate guidelines and raising awareness.[adapted from author]

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