Virtual parliamentary roundtable on the electrification of rural health clinics in Africa

The roundtable was supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). It provided a platform for Kandeh Yumkella MP, former chairman of UN-Energy; Aaron Leopold, CEO of the Africa Mini-grid Developer’s Association (AMDA); Jessica Stephens, COO of AMDA; and Dan Martin, renewable energy specialist at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), to engage with MPs on mini-grids in Africa in general and electrification of rural health clinics in particular. The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, initially christened “the great leveller,” has proved itself the opposite. Instead, it is highlighting great inequalities ac

Virtual Parliamentary Roundtables on rural electrification in Africa

The Climate Parliament and UNIDO co-organised two events on 16th and 17th June in collaboration with the Pan-African Parliament and with support from the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). The sessions included legislators from Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, DRC, the Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Ms Camille André-Bataille, CEO of ANKA Madagascar, gave presentations on the company’s work developing and delivering modern, reliable, clean, sustainable and affordable energy solutions for rural and isolated communities in Madagascar. Th

Virtual parliamentary roundtable on electrification of transport

The Climate Parliament and the High Volume Transport (HVT) Programme co-organised the event on 9th June in collaboration with the Pan-African Parliament and with support from the Department for International Development of the UK (DFID). Mr Tali Trigg started the discussions with a presentation. Parliamentarians from The Gambia, Nepal, Nigeria and Tanzania participated in the session. Tali Trigg highlighted the potential of electric mobility in eliminating tailpipe emissions, as electric two-wheelers emit between 30-80% less CO2/km compared to petrol-powered two-wheelers. He emphasised the potential of electric buses as an alternative means of public transport. He mentioned that electric bus

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