This book is one of very few attempts at examining the power sector reform process and experiences of different countries in SubSaharan Africa. The power sectors in SubSaharan Africa are beset by many problems, including the reliability of power supply, the efficient operation of the different entities within the sector and the low accessibility of electricity to most of the population. The book presents case-studies of six countries - Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mauritius. The studies assess the performance and efficiency of the electric utility industry in these countries, discuss the rationales behind the reforms and describe how the process has been initiated and which reform paths have been taken. Also discussed are the potential implications of the reform on rural electrification and demand-side management programmes. A cross-country comparison of the experiences of these countries indicates lessons that may serve as a guide to other countries in the region contemplating reform of their power sectors.

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