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Call for Papers: Energy access, climate change and gender in the African context

University of Twente (Enschede) and Africa Studies Centre (Leiden)
The Netherlands
March 26/28th 2013

There is a major global shift underway to create sustainable economies by means of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. One of the biggest challenges of this so-called energy transition is to ensure universal access to modern, clean and affordable energy services to population groups that lack them. Perhaps the greatest challenge is in Africa. This workshop sets out to explore how the women and men of the continent can make use of their vast energy resources to create sustainable economies in the face of climate change.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) only one third of the African population has access to electricity and almost 80% of the population depends on traditional biomass for cooking. The energy use per capita in Africa is near the lowest in the world estimated by the IEA at 0.67 tonnes of oil equivalent in 2008, representing an increase of just 10% against 1990 figures. There is a significant asymmetry of access to modern energy between urban and rural areas with urban areas having considerably better access – although not necessarily for the urban poor. The over-reliance on traditional biomass to meet basic energy needs comes at a significant price, particularly for women, in terms of the poor quality of fuels, the amount of time spent in collection and use of these fuels and the associated health impacts.


Call for papers timelines
The Closing Date for abstracts 31 January 2013
Acceptance of abstracts 14 February 2013
Deadline for receipt of full paper 8 March 2013

Organizing committee
Joy Clancy (CSTM, University of Twente)
Ton Diez (Africa Study Centre, Leiden)
Nthabi Mohlakoana (CSTM, University of Twente)
Magi Matinga (Consultant)


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