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Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, DC, 12-15 December 2022

ISC and partners will organise a series of side events focussing on the contribution of science to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and its outcomes taking place in Washington on 12-15 December 2022. The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement

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The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.

ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
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Thursday, December 15 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(15050) Meeting the challenge of universal access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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For the first time in decades, the number of people without access to electricity is set to increase in 2022”
The challenge is most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa where nearly 600 million people lack access to electricity. Current IEA forecasts raise concerns about meeting SDG7 -Universal access to clean, reliable and affordable energy for Africa. There is no pathway to net zero carbon by 2050 without universal access.
In 2013 when Power Africa was launched there were over 600 million people in Africa without access to electricity. Despite impressive efforts by the U.S., the EU and international organizations and agencies including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and numerous other agencies, there are still an estimated 600 million people without access to electricity in 2022. Rapid population growth also grows the size of the access deficit. Blocks to progress include crises – COVID19, Russia’s War in Ukraine and its global impacts, regional conflicts, and rising toll of climate change related disasters. Forecasts by the IEA for 2030 show that by 2030 there will still be 600 million people in Africa without access to electricity and with little opportunity for development.
Access to reliable and affordable energy is necessary for subsequent economic, educational and social development. With climate change and multiple crises underway or emerging it needs to be one of the highest priorities to enable access to electricity for all people in Africa. Access to electricity creates the capacity to pay for electrical power and the services made possible by reliable and affordable energy. The people of Africa without access will be able to pay for it. It does not have to be a gift from donor countries.
The education and information technologies now exist to create the capacity for universal access to reliable, sustainable and affordable energy across Sub-Saharan Africa.  Working together – the U.S. and the EU with African partners can create the capacity in Africa to assure universal access by 2030.  Ten times the goal set by president Obama in 2013 is now possible through international cooperation.
The UN has developed the Energy Compact program where states, regions, companies, international organizations, NGOs and cities commit to achieve SDG7 by 2030 within their sphere of action. If there were a US-AU-EU partnership with an Energy Compact with a strategy and roadmap for the partnership to achieve universal access for Africa to affordable, clean, reliable, and sustainable energy could be achieved.
The Power Africa partnership would aim to achieve ten times the result envisioned fo the Power Africa initiative at its start in 2013.  This is now possible due to the dramatic reductions in solar energy and wind and as well as control and energy storage technologies. Additionally advanced information technologies have emerged to enable effective solutions to complex development, health care, and education challenges that were not available in 2013. Kenya has emerged as a global leader for AI technologies that can be applied to the complexities of development in environments with minimal modern infrastructures. Health care in Nigeria is challenged by a severe brain drain of doctors and other medical professions.  Space technologies with satellite mega constellations can now deliver health care information to remote sites – but they must have access to electricity to use the technology.
The ANSOLE Energy Compact
ANSOLE (African Network for Solar Energy) is a pan-African network of universities, research centers, NGOs, community organizations including religious organizations that is addressing the critical need to build research, innovation, and energy technology implementation capacity by local communities. ANSOLE works with European, American, Canadian, African and other partners to advance solar energy research, technology development and community level deployment. The ANSOLE Energy Compact lays out a roadmap with clearly defined milestones to build the human capacity required to enable development and deployment of sustainable energy solutions in Africa.
This session will explore the potential of an Energy Compact for a U.S.-Africa-Europe partnership to drive achievement of universal access to electricity in Africa by 2030.

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Raul Alfaro-Pelico

Senior Director, RMI
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Daniel Ayuk Mbi EGBE

CEO, African Network for Solar Energy
Prof. Daniel Ayuk Mbi Egbe, CEO of African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), Jena GermanyProf. Daniel Ayuk Mbi Egbe is cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Network of Solar Energy (ANSOLE) (www.ansole.org/www.ansole.com), an institution that fosters education, vocational training and research in renewable energies and water-related issues in Africa and beyond. He is initiator and coordinator of the the scientific platform BALEWARE (Bridging Africa, Latin America and Europe on Water and Renewable Energies Applications-www.baleware.org). He is Senior Researc... Read More →

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Stephan Peter

Lecturer, Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena
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Hambani Masheleni

A.g. Director, Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Commission
Mr. Hambani MasheleniA.g. Director, Department of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation , African Union CommissionMr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees. He has a broad range of training and work experience in public sector... Read More →
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Vid Beldavs

Chairman and Session Convener, Riga Photonics Centre
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Peter Schubert

Director Richard Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Peter J. Schubert is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He holds 35 US patents and is the author of over 75 technical publications and is the principal investigator on research projects from the USDA, DOE, DOD and NASA, all related to renewable energy, energy harvesting... Read More →
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Karina Angelieva

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Gianluca Tonolo

Energy Access Analyst, International Energy Agency
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Kamugisha Kazaura

Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
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Madalitso Chimpeni

Madalitso Chimpeni is an innovator, entrepreneur and sustainable energy enthusiast with four years’ experience working in the sustainable energy sector. He has a BSc in Biotechnology and a   certificate in Development Entrepreneurship with focus in Off-energy. In the past four... Read More →

Thursday December 15, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EST