The Women of Inga: A Portrait of Resilience

The Women of Inga: A Portrait of Resilience

“Go and tell them that we, the women of Inga, are suffering” By: Ange Asanzi, former Africa Program Associate One thing is for certain: the women of Inga are self-sufficient. They grow avocados, oranges, bananas, cassava, nuts and beans. They harvest medicinal plants to tend to their sick. Nearly everything they consume comes from their…

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

By: Rudo A. Sanyanga, former Africa Program Director This article was previously published in thePerspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure The electrification rates of Africa are appalling: the lowest in the world, with as little as 1 percent access in some rural areas. The average electrification rates in sub-Saharan Africa range from 16 percent in rural areas to about 59…

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Memories and Unanswered Questions on the Zambezi

Memories and Unanswered Questions on the Zambezi

By: Rudo Sanyanga, former Africa Program Director Although I had spent many years working on the Zambezi River, the lower Zambezi region in Mozambique was unfamiliar to me. I had crossed the Zambezi at the Tete Bridge a few times before but had never been on the stretch between the Cahora Bassa Dam and Tete town…

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Small Hydro a Potential Bridge for Africa’s Energy Divide

Small Hydro a Potential Bridge for Africa’s Energy Divide

By: Wim Jonker Klunne Africa is home to one of the world’s largest off-grid populations: approximately 590 million people live with no connection to their national electric grid, according to the International Energy Agency. Grid expansion in Africa has been notoriously slow, and thus new solutions are needed to bridge this energy divide. Small hydropower can play a pivotal role…

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