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Do African and European energy stakeholders agree on key energy drivers in Africa?

Dear CAPACITY4DEV Members,
I send attached the latest paper that was published based on the questionnaire filled in by more than 30 AFRETEP members.
Its corresponding author was Magi N Matinga from Malawi and it is titled:
Do African and European energy stakeholders agree on key energy drivers in Africa? Using Q methodology to understand perceptions on energy access debates.
It was published in the Energy Policy and its link is:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421513013050#
I attach also the abstract below.
Best regards,
Sandor

This paper uses Q methodology to reveal stakeholder perceptions on how best to address energy issues in Africa. We sampled a group of stakeholders involved in various energy sub-sectors to uncover perspectives on how to achieve and promote access to modern energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy in Africa, whether the perceptions could be correlated to educational or geographical background and implications such patterns could have on policies and current dialogues.

We found that all stakeholders agree on the need to prioritise sustainability but had different views on how to achieve sustainable energy for all in Africa, depending on the relevance given to each energy driver. Stakeholders could be categorised into four groups: (I) preference of large-scale high-impact projects; (II) supporters of targeted sectoral solutions with preference for small-scale technology and microfinance; (III) supporters of centralised solutions with preference for grid extension, and (IV) supporters of local entrepreneurship with scepticism about centralised solutions. The results show that differences in stakeholders’ perceptions can be associated with respondents’ educational but not geographical background. This implies that dialogues on energy in Africa should focus on inter-disciplinary understanding while further examining the trans-continent consensus that appears to have been established.

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Sandor Szabo
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10 April 2014

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