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Electricity Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Historical Overview and a Way Forward

Author(s)

Jeremy E. J. Streatfeild


Abstract

Rising demand, failing infrastructure, and untapped potential for electricity generation in sub-Saharan Africa have created a substantial need for large-scale investment in the region. This paper identifies traditional providers of foreign and domestic investment in electricity generation in the region, discusses historical and recent trends, and assesses U.S. firms’ position in this market.