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Corruption and anti-corruption in Ethiopia’s energy sector

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Ethiopia’s energy sector is a growing concern and a priority for the Ethiopian government as the government attempts to increase electricity capacity for the country. Recent investments have focussed on the creation of wind power farms and large hydropower dams in an attempt to harness the country’s enormous potential of renewable energy resources.

There are a number of corruption risks that threaten the development of Ethiopia’s energy sector. Threats specific to the energy sector include petty corruption and corrupt procurement processes, while risks arising from Ethiopia’s specific context include weak oversight and governance systems.

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