Kenya

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COBENEFITS Kenya reports and briefings

Kenya is a coun­try in East Africa locat­ed at the greater Horn of Africa. Before the advent of COVID-19 Kenya’s econ­o­my was esti­mat­ed to be grow­ing at an aver­age growth rate of 5.7 %, being one of the fastest grow­ing in Sub-Saha­ran Africa. Over the past 20 years, access to elec­tric­i­ty has increased dra­mat­i­cal­ly in Kenya, reach­ing an elec­tri­fi­ca­tion rate of 89% in 2017. The Kenyan elec­tric­i­ty access suc­cess is dri­ven by its renew­able ener­gy devel­op­ment and inno­v­a­tive and strate­gic poli­cies. The coun­try has an abun­dance of sta­ble renew­able ener­gy resources, which include solar, hydro, wind, bio­mass, and geot­her­mal. Kenya has an ambi­tious plan to achieve ener­gy access for all by 2022.

Despite pos­i­tive devel­op­ments, Kenya, like many coun­tries in the con­ti­nent of Africa, must over­come the chal­lenges of lack of social and eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties and uni­ver­sal access to clean, reli­able, and afford­able ener­gy ser­vices, to pow­er both a resilient and sus­tain­able econ­o­my and to pro­vide afford­able and secure ener­gy ser­vices for domes­tic, pro­duc­tive, and val­ue cre­ation activ­i­ties. There­fore, the need for resilient, sus­tain­able, and just ener­gy sys­tems is even more urgent espe­cial­ly in the wake of health, social, and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges caused by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and under­ly­ing cli­mate change vulnerabilities.

COBENEFITS Focal Point in Kenya

The Strath­more Ener­gy Research Cen­tre is resid­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Strath­more, in Nairo­bi, Kenya. It acts as the focal point for Kenya dur­ing the project period.