The Sustainable Energy-Access Network for Africa, an international team including Erin Baker, professor of industrial engineering, and Leonce Ndikumana, professor of economics, is featured in The World Universities Network newsletter highlighting climate action.
The network is made up of researchers from the University of Massachusetts, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Nairobi, Argonne National Lab and Carnegie Mellon University.
The team is investigating how to improve electricity systems and access throughout the African continent, using stakeholder-driven methods to inform policy and investment. The team held workshops in Ghana in August to understand stakeholder preferences around electricity access, as well as to assess challenges and barriers. Professors Baker and mathematics professor Nate Whitaker performed a series of follow-up interviews with a wide range of stakeholders in both southern and northern Ghana.
They found a consistent priority on providing electricity access to improve educational opportunity; as well as a focus on how to enable the