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Millions of Africans depend on fishing. We must stop the plunder of their oceans

Millions of Africans depend on fishing. We must stop the plunder of their oceans

Millions of African citizens depend on fishing for their jobs, food and income. For years, however, Africa’s rich coastal waters have been plundered by foreign fleets, often fishing illegally. “Natural resource plunder is organized theft disguised as commerce,” according to Kofi Annan, the chair of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). “Commercial trawlers that operate under flags of convenience, and unload in ports that do not record their catch, are unethical.” The...
The power of mini-grids

The power of mini-grids

HARARE – Despite impressive economic development in recent years, Africa still lags far behind on energy, with almost two-thirds of the continent’s citizens lacking access to electricity. While getting more power to the people is an important goal, extending electricity grids is expensive and slow. Meanwhile, off-grid options may not be sufficient to meet people’s energy needs. Fortunately, there is a third approach that can help fill in the gaps: mini-grids. Mini-grids are essentially...
Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Photo credit: Solar Aid Africa is rich in resources and opportunities. In so many fields, however, the continent is yet to hit its stride, often because there is not enough political will to manage resources better and create necessary incentives. Africa's energy crisis is a prime example. Two-thirds of Africans – 620 million people – still do not have access to "affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern electricity", one of the key global development goals. Decades of neglect and...
The Launch of Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa

The Launch of Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa

Dear Friends, Greetings from the secretariat of the Africa Progress Panel. Welcome to our second newsletter of 2017. African leaders must to do what it takes to enhance and scale up grid power supply while accommodating renewable energy. That’s the core message of the Africa Progress Panel’s latest report Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa, which was launched by Kofi Annan on 13 March at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan. A massive increase in on-grid,...
Change is the only constant

Change is the only constant

Greetings from the secretariat of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). Welcome to our first newsletter of 2017. It’s often said that change is the only constant. While that maxim may not suit every organisation, it’s certainly one that has driven the dynamism of the APP since its inception.