Talk on Contestation, coalition and democracy in African climate and energy futures

October 11, 2021 | 14:00 h - 15:00 h

We invite you to a talk "Contestation, coalition and democracy in African climate and energy futures" by our guest speaker Dr. Britta Rennkamp from the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The event will take place on Monday 11 October at 2 pm CEST via Zoom. Please, see below the link.

Africa’s Energy Futures will have a significant impact on the world’s ability to achieving the global temperature and adaptation goals, as stated in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The continent will be home to 2 billion people, by 2050, which coincides with the ambition of the world community to become “carbon neutral”. Sub-Saharan Africa counts as the most vulnerable region to climate change and is home to the most unequal societies in the world. These dynamics require careful policy responses to achieve the overarching goal of inclusive development- “leaving no one behind”. How do the relatively young democracies in Sub-Sahara African societies respond to these complex policy challenges? How do existing inequalities shape climate and energy policies in Sub-Saharan African societies? The presentation will offer initial insights into contestations and actor-networks in multi-scalar decision-making processes in energy, climate and economic policies in the region.

Dr Britta Rennkamp is a senior researcher at the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research focuses on climate technology and innovation policy in developing countries and the links between poverty, inequality and mitigation of climate change. She has published on the overall question on integrating policies on emissions reductions, energy supply and inclusive development in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining UCT, she worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Brazil and the German Development Institute (DIE) in Germany. Britta Rennkamp holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Twente, Netherlands, and a Diplom in Regional Sciences – Political Sciences, Economics, Latin American History, Spanish and Portuguese languages and literature – from the University of Cologne, Germany.

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