Sierra Leone households face high energy burden with zero net social value – says Arizona State University report

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 April 2022:

A team of researchers from the Arizona State University (ASU) School for the Future of Innovation in Society in the United States of America (USA) and the Centre for Economic Research and Capacity Building in Freetown, have presented their research findings to the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED) at their Tower Hill office in Freetown.

The study titled – “Improving the Social and Economic Impact of Energy investments in Sierra Leone” focused on understanding the uncertainties facing households and the financial impact.

The research project, which was funded by the UKAID, under the Energy for Economic Growth Research program and managed by the Oxford Policy Management focused on data collected in Sierra Leone, urban and rural settings in 2020 and 2021 to evaluate the social value of energy for Sierra Leonean households.

Welcoming the team, the Development Secretary, Peter Sam-Kpakra said the research is timely as it has targeted the energy sector, which has been a challenging area for the government. He noted that it would be interesting to understand the analysis of their findings which should be important for the energy sector in Sierra Leone.

Presenting the findings of the report, Professor Clarke Miller noted that the objectives of the report was to improve understanding of the social value of energy in Sierra Leone and also help Sierra Leone institutions build capacity to improve the value of electricity services through research.

He said the key findings of the research were that Sierra Leone households continue to face high energy burden and negative net social value of electricity, although multiple pathways exist that could increase the social value of energy in Sierra Leone.

Professor Miller said they started the research by identifying distinct neighbourhood clusters with similar characteristics, and surveyed households within each neighbourhood about their energy use. He said they then produced a robust picture of the many different components of energy costs and burdens faced by households.

Director of Public Investment Management at MoPED, Alpha K Bangura said there is need for the research team to deepen engagement with the Ministry of Energy to improve energy reforms in Sierra Leone.

He said that this will strengthen the partnership as the work they have completed is relevant to the implementation of the government’s Medium-Term National Development Plan as well as successor National Development Plans.

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  1. Indeed this research from Arizona State University is confirmation of what we already know .For many families up and down the country life has been a struggle to make ends meet.As the report cited generally “Sierra Leoaneans households faces high energy burden of negative social value of electricity” which in the grand scheme of things and apart from the cancer of corruption has always been one of the biggest log jam to our country’s aspirations for national development.In this fourth industrial revolution, any country that wants to achieve self sufficiency and wants to be in locksteps with the innovate technology that is transforming the social , economic and political fortunes of countries around the world ,guaranteed electricity supply is the corner stone for any such development .In other for this innovative projects to succeed, we need leaders that can think outside the box and prioritises the needs of the country .This government have done very little to address this chronic energy deficiency we suffer from . Instead Bio and his government are only interested in cosmetic answers to a problem that needs real change.Their attitude is like sticking a plaster in a gapping wound .We are blessed with enough sunshine for our government to make the necessary investments in clean energy like Solar to power enough households and business in our country especially in the rural areas .And wind power that is generated by the Atlantic Ocean,taken all together there is no need for household to go to bed using Candlestick and Camping lamps powered by kerosen or burning of wood .

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