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Atlas of Africa Energy Resources


Africa is rich in energy resources but poor in its capability to exploit and use them. Many African countries face an energy crisis. Power is inaccessible, unaffordable and unreliable for most people, trapping them in poverty. There are solutions, however, including the following: significant investment in energy infrastructure; technology transfers; improving access to electricity on a large scale; boosting cross-border power trade; improving the performance of existing utility companies; and helping countries chart low-carbon growth paths. Understanding where the opportunities for tapping this wealth exist and where shortages occur is fundamental to developing these solutions, but until now, this kind of information has not been readily available all in one place.

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