The Regional Energy Learning Alliance (RELA) is a broad network of practitioners, policy makers, researchers and people interested in the future of community energy in East Africa. RELA hosts a series of online webinars over the forthcoming years that will explore some of the project’s key themes related energy justice and low-carbon transitions in East Africa and beyond. The aim of the webinars is to initiate debate and shape energy policy development.

21 January 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT)
Webinar 1: Community Energy and Sustainable Energy Transitions in East Africa: Project Launch + Keynote Address
Speaker: Professor Yacob Mulugetta, University College London

– In conversation with: Professor Vanesa Castán Broto (chair), University of Sheffield


11 February 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT)
Webinar 2: Rethinking energy poverty and best practices for the governance of distributed renewable energy access
Speaker: Professor Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex Business School

– In conversation with: Lorraine Howe (chair), Centre for Research and Governance and Development; Professor Marcus Power (discussant), Durham University


11 March 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT)
Webinar 3: Community Energy and National Energy Strategies
Speaker: Dr Simon Bawakyillenuo, University of Ghana (Institute of Statistical, Economic & Social Research)

– In conversation with: Dr Long Seng To (chair), Loughborough University; Dr Getachew Bekele (discussant), Addis Ababa Institute of


13 May 2021 (2pm – 3pm GMT)
Webinar 4: Implementing community-centred off-grid energy projects in informal settlements
Speakers: Dr Jiska De Groot, University of Cape Town (African Climate & Development Institute), Professor Federico Caprotti,
University of Exeter, Hendrick Schloemann, Zenke Energy

– In conversation with: Dr Joshua Kirshner (chair), University of York; Dr Collen Zalengera (discussant), Mzuzu University

For more details and tickets, please see here.