AFRICA: Research, Empowerment, Partnership

AFRICA: Research, Empowerment, Partnership (REP)

Africa: REP program based its activities on an innovative, integrated approach aimed to introduce a new research paradigm for Africa, able to empower local citizens, firms and institutions, and to strengthen partnerships for guaranteeing a sustainable future to the continent. REP research will be from one side supported by international cooperation with expert stakeholders and by a renovated partnership among private sectors, research centres, academia and civil society, and from the other will rely on local researchers and innovators to valorise the African genius. Three are the main direction of the REP area:

Joint and Native Research: the promotion of joint and native research on integrated planning methodologies for sustainable development at local or regional scale, together with technological scenarios’ forecasts. Integrated methodology represents a new frontier for research on impact assessment, linking traditional energy planning (linear programming or mix-integer) with macroeconomic empirical instrument (like Multiregional Input-Output Table - MIOT). Through an environmental extension, this integrated approach is able to provide socio-economic and environmental Life Cycle Impact of national policies and to address productive sectors.

Empowerment of local capacity: the programme will support the strengthen of the capacities and skills in the continent through a wide programme of knowledge sharing on integrated energy planning methodologies for researchers and officers. The programme will be coupled with advisory actions for local authorities.

Transversal partnerships: The programme will work to strengthen an entire African Scientific Network connected to the best Italian and international scientific excellence. FEP will try to act as a catalyst for a new way of networking and partnership with Africa which overcome the traditional donor-receptor approach.

Thanks to the availability of raw materials and natural resources, Africa has potential to drive its own sustainable development in full autonomy, but empowerment is still needed within a new paradigm of partnership that promote joint actions and knowledge sharing.
Factors such as population growth and economic development, and the subsequent increase in energy demand and consumption might increase environmental impact and emissions of greenhouse gases, given the current asset of the energy systems and the efficiency of the productive sectors.
In this context, Energy as well as Digital and Mobility are the main sectors where enabling infrastructures are requested to boost the national productive sectors and generate Prosperity for the People while preserving the Planet.
REP is committed on the exploring the energy challenge in Africa, which calls for a new way of approaching research, technological development and innovation in order to respond to a long lasting decarbonisation path that can avoid lock-in solutions and assuring universal and affordable access to both electricity and thermal energy. The energy transition needs to be based on three pillars:
1) Variety of Energy mix and technological alternatives designed for the given context;
2) Planning and Optimization of consumption to study trends in end uses (including storage, reuse of CO2 and potential synergies with the savings associated with digitization) and wastes (including fugitive methane and gas flaring);
3) Spreading a new energy culture that leads to maximizing the effects of efficiency and circularity in the use of resources while inducing more sober and fair consumption patterns.
For this reason, the link between energy and the productive sector of a nations needs to be analysed with care and all the implications included in an integrated planning methodology for testing the effect of national policies on socio-economic development and international commitment like NDCs and SDGs.

Ongoing Projects
Empowerment and training of local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa – Capacity building
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2019 / December 2019
Empowerment and training of local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa – Capacity building
Consumption vs. Production based Environmental Policies: i.e. effects of Carbon Taxation at World level – Carbon Tax
Research project Ongoing Project
September 2019 / December 2019
Consumption vs. Production based Environmental Policies: i.e. effects of Carbon Taxation at World level – Carbon Tax
Civics – Comprehensive and Integrated Country Study: pilot case study in Kenya
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2019 / December 2019
Civics – Comprehensive and Integrated Country Study: pilot case study in Kenya
Energy Planning for Kenya - Fostering decarbonisation strategies while granting access to energy and local development
Research project Ongoing Project
September 2019 / December 2020
Energy Planning for Kenya - Fostering decarbonisation strategies while granting access to energy and local development
Agri-food supply chain analysis for high value product in Ghana: a first step towards a Comprehensive and Integrated Country Study - Ghana agri-food country study
Research project Ongoing Project
August 2019 / January 2020
Agri-food supply chain analysis for high value product in Ghana: a first step towards a Comprehensive and Integrated Country Study - Ghana agri-food country study
Research Program and Team
Scientific coordinator

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