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Africa Forward

Powering Change


A look into how energy projects in Africa are creating opportunities across the continent.

This episode of Africa Forward highlights how Africans are finding new ways to fund energy projects and how this is creating transformational change on the continent. The episode begins with a story from the reporter Laura Rosbrow-Telem looking at the financing and construction of the Benban Solar Park in Egypt.

Later, co-host Carol Pineau leads a conversation on creating the best energy mix and how to properly fund large-scale projects. Her guests include Vera Songwe, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Hafez El-Salmawy, a professor of energy engineering at Zagazig University in Egypt; and Ernest Moniz, a former U.S. energy secretary.

About Africa Forward:  Africa Forward, the latest podcast from FP Studios and Africa50, tackles the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing countries in Africa. With reporting from across the continent, the show examines why the big facilities that transform societies—including roads, energy supplies, and communications—are under-resourced and what Africans and others are doing about it. Africa Forward is hosted by journalists Isha Sesay and Carol Pineau, who both bring years of experience covering and reporting on Africa.  See All Episodes

More Africa Forward episodes:

Financing Africa’s Future

A look at infrastructure financing in Africa.

Africa’s Digital Transformation

A look at how innovations in information and communications technology are transforming Africa.

Paving the Way

A look into transformative impact of trade and transportation infrastructure in Africa.

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