“Despite $7 billion to ‘Power Africa,’ why the continent is still in the dark” – Reuters – July 30, 2015


On July 30, 2015 an article in Reuters analyzes barriers to accessing electricity in Kenya, despite the Power Africa initiative.  The article was written in collaboration with Catherine Wolfram, Professor of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, and Francis Meyo, Research Coordinator, Innovations for Poverty Action.

In a study conducted by the two organizations, the authors “document a host of challenges in trying to connect hundreds of rural Kenyan households to the grid. The price of connections remains very high for most, few financing options are available for rural families, and there are not enough skilled workers to oversee the design, construction and electrical wiring.”

You can read the article on the Reuters internet site.