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Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Energy Access & Poverty Challenges in Developing & Developed Countries

29th November 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, E101, Engineering, Dr Victoria Nalule

Energy access has gained a lot of attention following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which under goal 7 emphasises the access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Energy is central in addressing the major global challenges of the twenty- first century, including poverty, climate change, and famine to mention but a few; and yet a large number of people especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) still lack access to modern energy, such as electricity, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) for lighting and cooking, respectively.

Initiatives have been taken at an international, regional, and national level to address the issue of energy access; however, the problem continues to escalate in SSA. SSA countries have common energy challenges which could be tackled with common efforts through regional cooperation. Achieving cooperative outcomes can be difficult among countries as such at a bilateral level. In this regard, the employment of a broader multi-country framework, which can be utilised through the existing regional organisations and international organisations, might be expected to lead to greater cooperation in the energy sector.

The talk highlights the key regional energy cooperative mechanisms employed by SSA regional organisations and demonstrates if these are efficient to tackle the challenge of energy access. Additionally, whereas developing countries such as those in Africa experience energy access challenges, the developed countries such as the UK are experiencing energy poverty challenges, as a significant number of people experience affordability challenges.

In this talk therefore, Dr. Nalule will highlight energy access challenges in developing countries and energy poverty challenges in developed countries.

Dr. Nalule is a lawyer and an extractive industries professional offering extensive experience of senior level State engagement in extractives-led inclusive, sustainable and well-governed development initiatives. In particular, that experience is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Dr. Nalule offers extensive experience working in the sector that is notable for both its breadth and depth, including assignments for: The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (Negotiation Support Portal project); the University of Dundee (Petroleum law research); Extractive Resource Hub (Research Fellow); The East African Community Secretariat (Energy Research Associate); The International Arbitration Case Law (Editor); the Energy Charter Secretariat (Research Fellow and Consultant); The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana.

Dr. Nalule is also the founder and CEO of the African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI), an NGO registered in Uganda which aims at ensuring that the natural resources benefit the local people.

She is also an author widely published and her recent book is ‘Energy Poverty and Access Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Regionalism’.

Contact lynn.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.