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Assessment of governance context and supportiveness for off-grid renewable energy development in Kenya

Nnafie, S.N. (2021) Assessment of governance context and supportiveness for off-grid renewable energy development in Kenya.

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Abstract:When compared to grid-based electrification, off-grid renewable energy has the potential to accelerate access to basic energy needs. However, the decentralized and technological nature of off-grid renewable energy solutions creates unique governance challenges that impede their long-term development and operation. Based on a literature review and qualitative case study research, this thesis aims to advance the understanding of the impact of governance on off-grid RE development. The paper describes governance challenges in developing countries and evaluates the governance context and supportiveness in Kenya, the case study country. The International Renewable Energy Agency's framework for enabling off-grid renewable solutions was used for a literature review on the governance challenges faced by developing countries, as well as to assess Kenya's governance context. The GAT assessment tool was then used to assess Kenya's governance context's supportiveness for off-grid renewable energy development. The findings show that Kenya faces significant challenges in terms of governance supportiveness for off-grid renewable energy, but there are also some opportunities. Recommendations for additional research are made, and lessons learned on how to use the two analytic frameworks and selected methodologies to assess a country's governance context and support for off-grid renewable energy are shared.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88327
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