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Prof. Dr. Grit Walther
Faculty / Institution:
Business and Economies
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.05.2021 to 30.04.2023
EU contribution:
174.806,40 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 895890.  


Integrating energy systems and supply chain optimisation for sustainable development: Decentralised, Energy-Leveraging Transformation of African Development


A considerable part of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is related to energy issues. However, a majority of countries in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from energy poverty with adverse consequences for economic development. The EU-funded DELTADev project intends to develop a bottom-up strategy for rural development in several energy-poor case studies across sub-Saharan Africa. The project will place energy systems planning into a broader sustainable development context by adopting various SDG targets as optimisation objectives. Specifically, it will integrate energy systems planning with the optimisation of rural productive supply chains, yielding a common modelling platform capable of designing these systems according to cross-sectoral development objectives. By capitalising on energy-enabled development, this approach holds the promise of intrinsically increasing energy access and rural development, lowering the need for foreign development finance.