Community meeting in a Rwandan village

Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa has abundant natural resources—including many minerals needed for the energy transition—but most citizens have struggled to benefit.

Photo by Subhrajit123 for Shutterstock
Photo by Subhrajit123 for Shutterstock

Africa is home to over 30 percent of the world’s natural resources. Despite this abundance, sub-Saharan African countries have often struggled to translate resource endowments into sustainable development for citizens. As the global drive toward cleaner energy intensifies, the demand for transition minerals presents an important opportunity for many African countries to spur economic and social development. But governments in the region must act quickly to develop and implement robust and realistic national energy transition plans. 

In its programming in sub-Saharan African countries, NRGI aims to strengthen legal frameworks, and address corruption, unequal distribution of resource wealth, environmental degradation and governance issues in the extractive sector. NRGI works with relevant government institutions, regional bodies, regulatory institutions, civil society organizations, communities, academics, media outlets and think tanks to strengthen sector governance and promote active citizenship participation in policy and decision-making processes. This includes exploring sustainable and green energy pathways that address the continent’s energy challenges while driving sustainable economic growth.

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