Mammoth dams, lean neighbours

Electric Territorialities

Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda…all of them have one by one approached Ethiopia for their slice of the country’s enormous hydropower cake. Djibouti and Sudan get their share since 2011 and 2012, respectively; whilst the rest of East African countries patiently wait for the arrival of the electric lines. By virtue of that, actual exports, or their mere prospects, relentlessly build up Ethiopia’s regional power year after year – a soft match to its military muscle. Yet is Ethiopia’s bid to become East Africa’s powerhouse as solid as the mammoth dams upon which it is built?

That is the question I try to address in my latest publication, ‘Mammoth dams, lean neighbours: assessing the bid to turn Ethiopia into East Africa’s powerhouse‘ (available here). Generic series 1146

A New Scramble for Africa? The Rush for Energy Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ has been edited by geographer Dr. Sören Scholvin from Leibniz Universität Hannover, who contributes himself two chapters about South Africa. Other authors analyze topics such as…

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