IAM COMPACT capacity development workshop in Mombasa (Kenya), 2023
Energy is the lifeblood of society, but the energy-climate-development nexus calls for urgent solutions that are fully compatible with people's needs, societal prosperity, and planet preservation. This challenge has become more complex due to multifaceted externalities (COVID-19 in 2020, the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine in 2021-2022) which have also increased the distance between developed and developing regions.
These risks are particularly critical for the African continent, whose role in the global energy scenarios is expected to become increasingly strategic. Some regions in Africa indeed are already experiencing the most severe climate change effects, but still are in the urgency to provide affordable and clean energy for the achievement of universal access. Moreover, in order to support the global implementation of the climate ambition and comply with the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, Europe (and the world) needs Africa to effectively pursue its energy transition and face the challenges of the current energy crisis. This development needs to happen in contexts where, often, energy resources are not the only scarce resources: low access to clean water and food are also hindering sustainable development in parts of societies and the lack is exacerbated by harsh climatic events (such as the long and intense draught that has hit East Africa recently). There is a nexus between energy resources and other resources and energy can help achieve water and food security, too.
The workshop is organised in the context of the IAM COMPACT project and hosted by RECCReC (Renewable Energy and Climate Change Research Centre) at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), with notable contributions by Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). It is split into three parts, aimed at students; policymakers; and stakeholders and will be held from 29th August to 1st September 2023.
For more information on the workshops and how to register:
29 – 30 August 2023: Students workshop
31 August – 1 September (AM): Policymakers workshop
1 September (PM): Stakeholders workshop