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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


How can successful power development be achieved in Ghana?

(29 August 2014)

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Read the excellent blog written last week by Simon Bawakyillenuo as part of the DEI associated project Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa. The article on Globalisation and Development blog explores whether Ghana’s $498 Power Compact deal with the US will be enough to bring about much needed transformation to its energy sector.

The article discusses whether the carrot and stick approach of conditionalities will work and identifies vital measures for ensuring the success of power sector development in Ghana. These include:

  • Strong Leadership
  • Attention to available scientific evidence, including the information emerging from the EPSRC funded Green Growth Project which is led by Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with Durham University.
  • Greater stakeholder (private sector, civil society, academia, sector players) consultation in order to build consensus.

To read other blogs by the Green Growth Diagnostics Team and to find further information about the project go to the Green Growth Project website.

Simon Bawakyillenuo is a researcher at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon and is a resaecrh partner on the Green Growth Diagnostics project along with DEI's Chris Dent.