Energy Subsidy Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

Energy Subsidy Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The reform of energy subsidies is an important but challenging issue for sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. There is a relatively large theoretical and empirical literature on this issue. While this paper relies on that literature, too, it tailors its discussion to SSA countries to respond to the following questions: Why it is important to reduce energy subsidies? What are the difficulties involved in energy subsidy reform? How best can a subsidy reform be implemented? This paper uses various sources of information on SSA countries: quantitative assessments, surveys, and individual (but standardized) case studies.Large and dispersed rural populations make grid expansion costs prohibitive. But coverage in urban areas is ... Thus, several countries have set up program and institutions providing alternative ... Most rural households thus meet their lighting and small power needs with kerosene, dry cells, and car batteries. More than 80 percent of Malians use wood or charcoal for cooking and heating. These sources anbsp;...

Title:Energy Subsidy Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Mr. Trevor Serge Coleridge Alleyne, Mr. Mumtaz Hussain
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2013-04-18


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