Presentation of IREK research, 23rd October 2019, Dar es Salaam

The 4th AfricaLics International Conference will take place in Dar es Salaam from the 22nd until the 24th of October 2019 under the title “Innovation and transformative capacities for growth and sustainable development in Africa”. On the second day of the conference (23rd October) a Thematic Session on the IREK research with the title “Innovation in renewable electrification: the case of capability building through renewable electrification projects in Kenya” will be presented. Description of the session: Renewable electrification is a key building block for economic development as countries reassess their use of carbon fuels as a result of climate change debates. Ghana and Kenya currently produce around 50% of its electrification needs using renewable sources (wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal). As countries reassess their efforts to move towards greener energy sources, it is important to ask if such activities have the opportunity to provide spillovers into other areas of a country’s economic development activities. Specifically, can renewable electrification projects create opportunities for new job creation, new skills or new product development leading to enhanced local manufacturing or industrialization efforts in a sustainable way? What is the role of learning, innovation policies including local content requirement in the path to sustainable industrialization? Panelists: Rasmus Lema - Aalborg University, Denmark. • Rebecca Hanlin - ACTS/AfricaLics Secretariat, Kenya. • Charles Nzila - Moi University, Kenya • Michael Korir - Moi University, Kenya • Ann Kingiri - ACTS/AfricaLics Secretariat, Kenya • Faith Odongo - Ministry of Energy, Kenya

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