Op-ed: Can climate finance mitigate Africa’s energy crisis?

By Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, CEO of Groupe Filatex, Madagascar

Consider the farmer who pumps water, arranges finance, buys fertiliser and sells his crops on a mobile phone – all made possible thanks to electricity.

It is evident that access to energy should not be considered a luxury, but a necessity – in fact, a human right. Energy comes in many forms, from fuel to power cars and trucks, gas for cooking and of course electricity. It is the unseen power that keeps the lights on at schools, and keeps them on at home, allowing children the opportunity to learn and read for longer. In hospitals, offices, factories and shops it keeps the machines running, be that life support equipment, heating, computers and portable devices.

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