Africa should ‘leapfrog’ the rest of the world when it comes to renewable energy

Mohamed Adow, as told to Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg

Mohamed Adow, founding director of Power Shift Africa, wants stimulus to tackle the continent’s infrastructure deficit.

“Africa’s biggest challenge, both on climate and the virus, is its infrastructure deficit. There’s a lack of access to water, sanitation; [there’s] overcrowding of spaces. This is where the virus starts to connect with the climate: In informal urban settlements, the disease can spread fast because of overcrowding and lack of access to water—and when you have lots of people in a very small place, lacking public services and welfare systems, it’s only going to make them more vulnerable to climate events like heat, floods, or storms. We need to build better housing with access to water and sanitation that reduces overcrowding, but also houses that are ­energy-efficient and that increase our resilience to shocks.

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