Electrifying africa: an environmental history with policy implications

  title={Electrifying africa: an environmental history with policy implications},
  author={Kate B. Showers},
  journal={Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography},
  pages={193 - 221}
  • K. Showers
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Economics
  • Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography
Abstract. The European Union anticipates alleviating future energy shortages and fulfilling renewable energy mandates by importing “green” electricity from Africa. Historical precedent and environmental consequences have largely been ignored. This article presents an environmental history of African electricity generation at a continental scale, tracing its parallel developments with colonialism, as well as its pursuit in the independence eras of development assistance and neoliberalism… 
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