Country Profile
In May 2008, the World Bank approved a US$50-million loan to the Burundi government for the Multi-sectoral water and electricity infrastructure project for Burundi.
According to an article published on 19 January 2009 on, Burundi needs an investment of US$500-million to tide over the power shortage in the country.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:12

Country profile: Burundi

In October 1993, Burundi’s first democratically elected president was assassinated after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. The conflict and violence spanned almost 12 years and over 200 000 Burundians perished due to this conflict.
Taking Action on Climate Change, by Dr Harald Winkler, is one of the latest publications from University of Cape Town Press. This book describes the technical work on potential mitigation actions that built enough confidence for the South African government to set an ambitious strategic direction in mitigating climate change.
Spending on electricity infrastructure in Angola will reach $8,4-billion over the next few years, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. This massive investment, coupled with the country’s robust economic growth is set to boost Angola’s electricity industry.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:09

Country profile: Angola

After the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002, Angolans started to rebuild the country and is still in the process of rebuilding. Independence from Portugal followed after conflict and fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas Savimbi.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 08:49

Country profile:Ethiopia

As opposed to many other African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy continued to keep its freedom from colonial rule (except for a brief occupation by Mussolini’s Italy from 1036-1941). The Derg, a military junta in Ethiopia, deposed Emporer Haile Selassie in 1974. Selassie had ruled since 1930 and after he was dethroned, the Derg established a socialist state.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 08:43

An overview of Ethiopia’s energy potential

Ethiopia has the potential to produce hydroelectric and geothermal power. As of mid-1991, however, no comprehensive assessment of this potential has been available, although some estimates indicated that the total potential could be as much as 143-billion kilowatts. The main sources of this potential are thought to be the Abay (Blue Nile; 79,9-billion kilowatts), the Shebele (21,6-billion kilowatts), and the Omo (16,1-billion kilowatts). The remaining 25.9-billion kilowatts could come from rivers such as the Tekezé, Awash, Baro, Genale, and Mereb. 
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:05

Jatropha as biodiesel in Zambia

The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) and MAN Ferrostaal AG of Germany have signed an integrated biofuel industry Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing Jatropha Curcas as a feedstock in Zambia.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:04

RE: changing the lives of Zambian communities

According to an article by Rodgers Muyangwa, which was recently published on the Zambia Energy Regulation Board’s website, increased access to electricity is one of the objectives of the government of Zambia in terms of the electricity sector. This goal has led to the establishment of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in Eastern Province, with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
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