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“Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa” is a research project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID). Research is undertaken jointly by the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA); the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research- University of Ghana (ISSER); the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK; Durham University; the University of Newcastle; and the Policy Practice and Integral Advisory.
The project aims at optimising policies for green inclusive growth in Kenya and Ghana. We seek to support policy makers to focus on a small number of obstacles that are the key constraints to investment in green energy in Kenya and Ghana. The main question driving our research is:
What is holding back investment in renewable technologies in Kenya and Ghana where the economics would support this investment?
Our sub-questions are:
• What is the binding constraint(s) holding back investment in economically feasible renewable energy technologies?
• Of the set of possible policies, which could most effectively target different binding constraints?
• Who obstructs/drives the adoption of specific sustainable energy policies in Kenya and Ghana?
• What would be the macroeconomic impacts of an increase in renewable energy investment/capacity, and the reforms needed to bring this increase about?; and
• Under what circumstances will increased renewable energy capacity translate into increased access to and increased reliability of electricity supply in Kenya and Ghana?