Open Africa, RES4Africa’s latest project consisting of a photographic book and a web documentary, was presented at Minerva Roof Garden in Rome on 20th June. Developed by RES4Africa with the support of Enel Foundation and in collaboration with Akronos, Open Africa was produced to visually illustrate how access to sustainable energy positively impacts African livelihoods.
The reportage presents the current African energy context, the impact of electrification and the role of sustainable energy within Africa’s development with a positive look to the future. The audio-visual content was created by the internationally awarded photographer Riccardo Venturi and by the reporter and video-maker Lorenzo Colantoni, who travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to gather photographs and testimonies in African rural communities that benefitted from access to sustainable energy. Both the book and the web documentary feature contributions from external authors, ranging from RES4Africa members and partners to high-standing international institutions.
Through local photographic testimonies, Open Africa highlights what happens when people suddenly gain access to energy, visually capturing what achieving progress looks like in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all through the deployment of renewable energy. The main aim of the project is to increase the engagement of stakeholders from continental and regional organizations, to governments, civil society, the private sector and academia, on the African continent and beyond, in order to drive effective and long-lasting progress on advancing sustainable energy in Africa. This objective fits within the framework of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal n°7 (SDG 7) “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.
Open Africa was launched with a dedicated event held within the beautiful setting of Minerva Roof Garden in Rome. Intended as a side event of RES4MED&Africa’s 2018 Annual Conference, which gathers important internationally relevant speakers and guests to talk about sustainability and bankability of renewable energy projects, Open Africa was presented by international media personality Joy Doreen Biira, and saw the speeches of, among others, Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4MED&Africa, and Antonello Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power and President of RES4MED&Africa.