Africa has some of the largest untapped potential for hydropower development in the world. Sustainable hydropower presents an opportunity for economic development, the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and resilience to climate change. Hydropower’s flexibility means that it can also enable the deployment of other renewables such as wind and solar PV.
Africa faces many challenges in developing its infrastructure potential. For hydropower specifically, these include access to finance, grid infrastructure, climate change, and government, regulators and businesses’ internal capacity to enable and develop projects.
Yet hydropower continues to be developed, with many gigawatts of projects due to commission through the mid 2020s. This session will explore how to overcome the considerable barriers and maintain momentum in unlocking sustainable hydropower’s potential in Africa.