COVID-19 and energy access: An opportunity or a challenge for the African continent?

GEBRESLASSIE, Mulualem G. (2020). COVID-19 and energy access: An opportunity or a challenge for the African continent? Energy research & social science, 68: 101677.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic gains ground in the African continent, it will create havoc and unprecedented health and economic crisis. The crisis has exposed the robustness and resilience of the economies and services such as health systems around the world and it is disaster in the making while the pandemic is spreading fast to the African continent. This is alarming mainly because the continent has weak health system compounded by low access to modern and reliable electricity. It is also anticipated that the crisis will be brought ample opportunities and the African governments and the people should make coordinated and concerted effort in developing conducive business environment and exploit the opportunities presented to facilitate energy access focusing on clean and renewable energy technologies. This is a big test for the continent and thus it will either brought prosperity through facilitating universal energy access by effectively utilizing the opportunities brought by the crisis or the lack of energy access will continue affecting communities the ability to improve their livelihoods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Challenges; Energy access; Opportunities; 1604 Human Geography; 1605 Policy and Administration
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2024 16:19
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2024 11:30

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