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Unbending the winding path of a low-income country’s energy sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives from Malawi

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posted on 10.11.2021, 16:58 by Collen Zalengera, Maxon L Chitawo, Isaac Chitedze, Long Seng ToLong Seng To, Vincent Mwale, Kondwani T Gondwe, Timeyo Maroyi
This paper discusses the impact of COVID-19’s vulnerability context on Malawi’s Energy Sector and outlines mechanisms for enhancing Malawi’s energy-sector resilience based on experiences from a range of stakeholders. The investigation was conducted online by inviting purposively selected stakeholders to create presentations responding to thematic questions. The final sample had 19 stakeholders with representation from policy-makers, regulatory bodies, national grid supply players, off-grid players, development agencies, bankers, professional bodies, civil society, and women’s rights bodies. The presentations from the stakeholders highlighted how COVID-19 affects the operation costs of energy systems and implementation of energy systems projects in areas that require stimulus packages to contain energy system delivery costs and prevent disruption of essential services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include stakeholder responses to COVID-19 in the energy sector, the role of digital payments particularly when purchasing electricity units, and the state of third-party service providers such as banks and mobile network operators to enhance preparedness and continuity of operations for the energy sector. Based on the findings in these thematic areas and an application of systems thinking in the analysis, the paper finally makes recommendations on how Malawi and similar low-income countries can strategise to enhance energy systems resilience.

Funding

UKaid from the UK Government under the Energy and Economic Growth Programme through Oxford Policy Management Limited

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Energies

Volume

14

Issue

21

Publisher

MDPI AG

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

13/08/2021

Publication date

2021-11-02

Copyright date

2021

eISSN

1996-1073

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Long Seng To. Deposit date: 10 November 2021

Article number

7184