This talk was delivered by Prof Malcolm McCulloch, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. Many utility companies are setting up large scale energy projects in African countries.
However, large scale energy projects lend themselves to 'capture' by elites, and do not provide opportunities for economic growth for most of the population. The challenge that faces Africa is are there appropriate institutions and technologies that can benefit Africa in the long term as it provides access to every person. The talk explores how we need to rethink the energy related challenges that Africa is facing.