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Alliance for Rural Electrification & Konrad-Adenauer Foundation unveil new study on Green Renewable Job Creation in West Africa


17 Oct 2023



The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (KAS), presents their latest study, "Catalysing Green Rural Job Creation with Decentralised Renewable Energies in West Africa."

The global shift towards renewable energy solutions anticipates the creation of 45 million direct jobs by 2050, promising a cleaner, more sustainable future while opening unparalleled employment prospects. Within this landscape, decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions play a pivotal role in driving green employment opportunities, especially in underserved rural areas.

Focusing on Senegal and Ghana, where 9.9 million people lack access to electricity, the study highlights the potential of DRE solutions, such as clean energy mini-grids and solar home systems (SHS), to provide affordable and sustainable electrification pathways.

Key findings from the study reveal that in Ghana, the DRE sector employs 2,511 individuals, including 34% women and 7% aged below 25, while in Senegal, approximately 1,500 people are engaged in the DRE sector, with 23% being women and 10% aged below 25. Additionally, the study indicates that with the implementation of appropriate policies, the DRE sector has the potential to create up to 40,000 direct jobs by 2030 in both Senegal and Ghana.

The study also underscores the significance of comprehensive labour and energy policies in shaping a sustainable future. Governments can play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment for the DRE sector with the right policies in place.

While some job categories may decline after universal access is achieved, the study remains optimistic about the long-term sustainability of employment in the DRE sector. As larger and more efficient DRE systems emerge, opportunities in maintenance and operation of electricity networks will persist.

Anja Berretta, KAS Head of the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in SubSaharan-Africa underlines the importance of the findings: “The study demonstrates that renewable energy solutions are not only important towards phasing out fossil fuels, but offer economic opportunities for countries in West Africa, such as Ghana.”

Jens Jæger, Director of Policy & Business Development, ARE, commented, “Scaling up the adoption of DRE solutions is imperative to achieve universal access to sustainable electricity, promote climate action and Alliance for Rural Electrification Rue d’ Arlon 63-67 - 1040 Brussels - Belgium Tel: +32 2 400 10 00 create green jobs across West Africa. Our new study, developed in partnership with KAS, underscores the remarkable potential of decentralised renewables to boost job creation and further catalyse socio-economic development across the region.”

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