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Energy and Economic Growth: Research & Matchmaking Conference


On November 3rd and 4th, 2016, the Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) (led by Oxford Policy Management in partnership with CEGA and the Energy Insitute @ Haas, with funding from the UK Government through UK Aid) hosted a Research & Matchmaking Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The conference solicited feedback from policymakers and practitioners on the development of 18 State-of-Knowledge papers being written in the first year and engaged experts and policymakers from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia on topics of critical importance to the energy sector. 

Abstracts for each of the 18 State-of-Knowledge papers can be found here

Slides of speaker presentations can be found in the bar to the right under "Event Materials". 

Date and Time

Nov 3, 2016 — Nov 4, 2016


The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. 


The two-day event featured keynote talks by EEG Research Director Catherine Wolfram (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley), Mo Qayoumi (Chief Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on Infrastructure and Technology), Todd Moss (Center for Global Development), and Harold Wilhite (University of Oslo). 

Research and policy panels addressed each of the following six EEG Themes:

Theme 1: The linkages between electricity supply and economic growth

Theme 2: The financial and policy instruments that encourage the development (and better utilisation) of appropriate large-scale power infrastructure

Theme 3: Electricity supply and energy efficiency measures in supporting sustainable urbanisation

Theme 4: Constraints in the Use of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Sources or Greener Energy Sources

Theme 5: An improved understanding of the role of extractives in electricity/energy provision and sustainable development

Theme 6: The barriers and opportunities for innovative and appropriate design of larger-scale centralised energy infrastructure 


Catherine Wolfram (UC Berkeley), Paul Gertler (UC Berkeley), Eric Masanet (International Energy Agency), Mark Henstridge (Oxford Policy Management), Marcela Tarazona (Oxford Policy Management), Conor Savoy (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Sarah Ladislaw (Center for Strategic and International Studies)


Oxford Policy Management (OPM), UK Department for International Development (DFID)


The conference brought a diverse group of roughly 90 participants -- including leading researchers working on energy (including EEG Thematic Leads and State-of-Knowledge paper authors), policymakers and practitioners from the EEG focal regions of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, representatives of bilateral and multilateral development banks, and the EEG Programme Directorate.


Photo: Gigawatt Global Solar Field in Rwanda taken by Rachel Couch