Enhancing China–Africa Cooperation in the Renewable Energy Sector

Access to affordable and sustainable electricity is of fundamental importance to development in much of Africa.

But, while access to electricity is improving, contributions from non-hydropower renewable energy sources remain small. At the same time, China – the powerhouse of solar energy technologies – has made limited contribution to harnessing Africa’s renewable energy. Combining insights from recent webinars and research, this Policy Briefing discusses how China–Africa cooperation on renewable energy could lead to improvements in access to and supply of affordable and sustainable energy in Africa. Recommendations for African and Chinese policymakers and businesses include the adoption of transparent, competitive, and locally inclusive energy procurement and use mechanisms.

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Ayele, S.; Shen, W.; Chiyemura, F. and Gu, J. (2021) 'Enhancing China–Africa Cooperation in the Renewable Energy Sector', IDS Policy Briefing 176, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2021.028

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