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The quagmires of energy transition financing, unresolved historical grievances, and inadequate civic participation influence energy transition policies in Africa. This is exacerbated by the fluid understanding of energy justice in both Africa and elsewhere, considering that all governments insist that their energy transition policies and programmes are geared towards equitable and fair transition even if objective analyses show otherwise.

In this Action Hub - an interactive debate involving the audience – three specialists will  spotlight the extent to which National Energy Policy (NEP) frameworks in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya are in sync with practical energy availability, affordability, sustainability, accountability, and intragenerational equity.

This discussion is drawn from research on NEP framework in West Africa, sustainable oceans management in the Gulf of Guinea, and sustainable nomadic livelihoods in East Africa.

The audience is invited to make inputs and ask questions based on the findings and brief debate touching on the nexus between policy, practice, and hypocrisies around energy transition to net zero carbon emission in Africa.

This event is an Action Hub side event at Africa Climate Week 2023 hosted in Nairobi, and organised by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

*Please note this event is taking place in-person and online, 14:30-15:00 (Nairobi time). Click to join the event online.



Dr Clement Sefa-Nyarko - Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership in Africa at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London.

Dr Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood - Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews.

Dr Theorphilus Acheampong - Petroleum economist and political risk analyst and lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.

Rahma Hassan - Social-economic researcher and PhD candidate at the Institute of Development Studies at University of Nairobi with research interest in the environmental impact on pastoralist economies in East Africa.

Jackson Wachira - Researcher and development professional on Climate Action, and a PhD candidate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi.

Event poster for: 'Prospects and Contradictions of Just Energy Transition in Africa'

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Clement Sefa-Nyarko

Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership in Africa