African City Energy
African City Energy

Africa’s cities provide a strategic location to drive the goal of universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. Municipal support can fast track electrification; they can enforce thermally efficient housing development, lead efficient cook stove programmes and promote alternative technologies such as solar water heating and efficient appliances.


Tools and Guidelines

  • 2016 PROGRESS REPORT: CLEAN COOKING: Key to Achieving Global Development and Climate Goals

    This report is compiled and published as an important tool to help track and measure progress toward increasing access to and adoption of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels (GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR CLEAN COOKSTOVES, 2016).

  • Integrating off-grid solutions into South Africa’s electrification programme

    This toolkit’s principal aim is to be a key reference document for the development of sustainable business models and operational off-grid projects in South Africa (Carbon Trust and CSIR, 2017).

  • Poor people’s energy outlook 2016

    This report is the first volume of a three-part guide for re-writing how the world needs to think about, and act on, energy service delivery if we are to eradicate energy poverty by 2030 in line with global goals. This report focuses on robust energy planning and policymaking for universal access (Practical Action, 2016).


    The State of Electricity Access Report examines the critical role of energy toward the achievement of the SDGs, provides a snapshot of the status of electricity access, based on the recent Global Tracking Framework Data (IEA and World Bank, 2017) and it explores how countries can create a conducive environment for a transformative electricity access roll out, how clean energy fits into the picture, and how emerging and innovative service delivery models can accelerate progress on meeting the goals (World Bank and ESMAP,2017).

  • The energy challenge in sub-Saharan Africa: A guide for advocates and policy makers Part 2: Addressing energy poverty

    This report explores the technological opportunities for addressing energy poverty, as well as the policy challenges involved in promoting and deploying these technologies (Morrissey, 2017).








Case studies



  • Video: Powering Namuwongo

    POWERING NAMUWONGO (2015) Kampala is experiencing rapid urbanisation and resulting transformation with over two million people now living in Uganda's capital city. Many of these residents live in informal settlements with full access to urban services such including energy limited as city authorities and utility companies struggle to create infrastructure for everyone. But that doesn't mean that people in popular neighbourhoods like Namuwongo do without, they just find other ways to power their lives, creating jobs and vital income but also everyday worries and environmental concern. This short film explores some of these different energy systems operating in Namuwongo and the people who create, use, sell and buy them. Director: Joel Ongwech Sound: David Naxic Producer: Jonathan Silver Researchers: Joel Ongwech/Gladys Acan/Jonathan Silver/ Music: Joel Kahiri and Myko Ouma Funded by the Leverhulme Trust Supported by the SAMSET Project