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Ending Africa's Energy Deficit and the LawAchieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa$
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Yinka Omorogbe and Ada Ordor

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819837.001.0001

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Disadvantage, Fairness, and Power Crises in Africa

Disadvantage, Fairness, and Power Crises in Africa

A Focused Look at Energy Justice

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Ending Africa's Energy Deficit and the Law

Hanri Mostert

Heleen van Niekerk

Oxford University Press

Realizing energy justice in Africa requires targeting the difficulties that the continent faces. Energy justice is a concept emanating from three philosophical notions, namely distributive justice, procedural justice, and recognition justice. The practical challenges of achieving energy justice are illustrated well in the coal and oil industries of Africa, a continent plagued by the resource curse. Moreover, despite being energy-poor, African countries often export their mined fossil fuels, providing other parts of the world with the energy necessary to live productive and dignified lives. These considerations, in conjunction with Africa’s history of colonialism and the concomitant denial of people’s rights require distinct approaches to distributive, procedural, and recognition justice in extractive industries. This chapter outlines these approaches and explores uniquely African responses to some of the injustices that prevail in Africa’s extractive industries.

Keywords:   energy justice, distributive justice, recognition justice, procedural justice, energy-poverty, resource curse, colonialism

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