Innovation and Renewable Electrification in Kenya (IREK)


Partner Institution(s): 
African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya
Moi University, Kenya
Start Date: 
January 1, 2015
End Date: 
December 31, 2019
Project Type: 
North driven projects
Project Code: 
14-09AAU
Total grant: 
DKK 9,966,333
Contact : 
Rasmus Lema
Countries: 
Kenya
Description: 

As the global climate change regime moves ahead towards 2020, there will be increasing investments related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in poor countries. Ensuring that the most adequate technologies are selected and that they are diffused and used in such a way that the outcome is better living conditions for the population is a major challenge.
This project studies two specific low-carbon technologies solar photovoltaic and wind power and it takes as its starting point the role international sources of knowledge can play for Kenya. It will explore whether or not actors originating from China have the potential to provide particularly relevant low carbon technologies that bring benefits to the poor in Africa as compared to actors from Denmark and Germany. As the next step it will study what kind of public policies, institutional settings and participatory organizational forms are necessary to realize such a potential and thereby contribute to fulfilling the sustainable energy for all imperative. The project will combine quantitative analysis including use of survey data with qualitative analysis and case studies. Interactive learning with policy makers and other stakeholders is an integral part of the project design.

Output: 

First-year report
The first year of the IREK project has been a starting up year with considerable emphasis on developing the partnership agreement, detailed planning of work packages, establishment of website, start up of PhD students (enrollment, reading group Skype meetings), project management set up, and the preparation and conduct of the kick-off project workshop + stakeholder workshop in Febr. 2015 in Mombasa and inputs assembled in workshop report. Furthermore identification of stakeholders and preparation of stakeholder survey and policy analysis (report on desk work on existing projects in Kenya, preliminary policy analysis done with several hundred stakeholders identified) and further development of conceptual framework. Two scientific publications published by project members: Lema & Lundvall: ’Growth and Structural Change in Africa: Development Strategies for the Learning Economy’ and Lundvall, Jurowetzki & Lema: Combining Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems’

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