Energy statistics are critical to support data-driven decision making and policy development in the energy sector in Africa. They allow for the analysis of current and historical trends, but also lay the foundations for prospective analysis and integrated energy planning, approaches that have gained in importance as African governments begin to combine their energy sector development strategies with long-term considerations on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Despite their importance, many countries struggle to generate comprehensive, reliable and timely statistics as a result of lack of resources or capacity, limited availability of input data, or other challenges.
Supported by the African Energy Commission (AFREC), IED launched a project this month to assess these challenges and support the development of energy statistics capacity in African Union member states. 11 countries - Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe – were selected for participation in the four-month pilot phase of the project, which aims to develop a methodology that can be rolled out to other African Union member states in the future.
For each participating country, IED will undertake a diagnostic analysis through documentary analysis and stakeholder interviews, with the objective of developing a strategy and action plan to improve national energy statistics. Based on the findings of the diagnostic, IED will also develop a capacity building programme tailored to each country’s specific needs, composed of six short-term training courses.
The project kick-off was held via videoconference in early February and gathered energy statistics focal points from all 11 participating countries to discuss the project objectives and implementation programme, as well common challenges and visions for energy statistics development on the African continent. The focal points expressed strong enthusiasm for the project and are already participating actively in exchanges and diagnostic interviews with the consultants. Bravo to all of the statistics teams for the work you do and we look forward to working with you !