Sustainable Energy, Food & Climate Security Lab

Energy is a critical resource that is fundamental in powering the quality of modern life.

Access to energy and its affordability is critical to health services, educational development, and the creation of quality job opportunities yet, 1.3 billion people do not have access to modern electricity around the world.

Government agencies, private sector business corporations, individual policy researchers, and investors seem to agree that energy is a central pillar in the sustainable long-term quality transformation of Sub- Saharan Africa’s industrial development and manufacturing growth, infrastructure, enterprise growth, human capital formation, agricultural value chains development, skills development through vocational education and training in apprenticeship programs. Energy poverty means that the possibility of leapfrogging industrial policies and achieving rapid economic transformation will further delay half of Africa’s population.

Local, national, regional, and global efforts must drive critical juncture moments on the energy-climate nexus, mass poverty, inequality, inclusive prosperity, gender, and sustainability feasible realities for majority of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa within our lifetime. Underdevelopment deepens deleterious effects of climate change and reflects poorly on the community’s collective capability to become resilient, adaptive, better equipped and prepared to respond to ongoing climate variability. More needs to be done to align energy/climate development policy on the continent through both type one and two development partnerships.

Within the next 42 years, the Africa Union (AU) will be celebrating 100 years of continental political freedom and economic independence. How will Africa’s development trajectory turn out during this period if the Africa Agenda 2063 is fully implemented? How does energy security and climate change affect the realization of this long-term continental development agenda while also feeding into creating critical industrial development and trade capabilities for meeting the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) targets which came into effect on January 1st, 2021? For us to contribute towards solving some of these problem issue areas, we have designed a LAGICS model to guide our work in the following selected focus points.

Our Focus Areas

  • Emerging Markets Energy Security and Climate Policy for Competitive Industrial Development
  • Political economy analysis and knowledge toolkit for policy advocacy in advancing sustainable energy security framework in Africa.
  • Deepening awareness and understanding among stakeholders, and investors on the nexus between energy security and climate change issues in Africa.
  • Use the LAGICS Model to promote the production of knowledge and policy briefs for fostering linkages and collaboration between emerging and developed markets.
    – Emerging Markets Sustainable Energy Security & Climate Change Knowledge Pack.
    – High-Level Performance Leadership for Enhancing Quality Transformation in the Sector.
  • Accelerating R&D to improve better understanding of local, national, and regional policy issues on investment and innovation in sustainable energy security and climate change in Africa.
    – Professional Masterclass
    – Emerging Markets Energy Security & Climate Policy.
    – Executive Masterclass on Energy Security Transition Policy & Climate Finance
    – Review of Financing Instruments for Climate Aligned Development

  • Design Energy Security Investments for Powering Sustainable Industry/Manufacturing Development in selected Emerging Markets Portfolio.
  • Youth engagement for climate action within post-Covid-19 recovery and rebuilding.
  • Growing trees and bamboo for greening public spaces program.
  • Greening Supply Chains & Procurement Sustainability Index.
  • Climate Action Integration for Measuring SMEs Sustainability Index.
  • Regional Peace, Energy Security & Climate Change Knowledge Exchange Initiative.
  • Programme Evaluation, Learning & Reporting on Energy Security Development & Climate Action in Eastern Africa
  • Handbook & Regional Conference on Accelerating Investments to Advance Sustainable Energy Security and Climate Justice in Emerging Markets
    – Handbook on the Promotion of Sustainability, Climate Justice & Integral Human Development – Beyond Covid-19 in AMECEA Region.
    – Enhancing Sustainable Human Development through Investments in Energy Security, Environmental and Climate Justice Stewardship during the Post Covid-19 Recovery.

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