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“There is no development of Africa without power” – Mo Ibrahim

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Mo Ibrahim, CEO of Mo Ibrahim Foundation, arrives at the "Tech for Good" Summit in Paris, France May 15, 2019. Picture taken May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Dr Mo Ibrahim, founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, joins the conversation by sharing his insights on where Africa sits within the global climate emergency.

In this video, Dr Ibrahim highlights three areas that are essential to understanding and addressing the climate crisis within the context of Africa and development.

• The devastating impact of the crisis on the continent and its people which is hindering development.

• Ways in which Africa is leading in best practice such as with renewable energy, but the need for more to be done to close the energy access gap and in a way that supports the wider development needs of Africa.

• The key role that Africa can play in advancing the global green economy, even though it is one of the lowest emitters in the world and is acting as a carbon sink for the planet.

The views expressed in this video are the contributor’s own and do not necessarily reflect BII’s investment policy or the policy of the UK government.

This video was originally published on The African Climate Conversation platform hosted by British International Investment, the UK’s development finance institution – a global leader in providing climate finance to African nations. The platform can be found at

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