Call for Writers: 2021 East African Energy Futures Writing Contest

Society for International Development in partnership with Heinrich Boll Stiftung, invites youths aged between 18 to 35 years to take part in the 2021 East African Energy Futures Writing Contest.
The objective of this contest is to provide a non-polarized platform for youths to identify local emerging trends, assess existing knowledge, share best practices, ideas and solutions towards a sustainable energy future in East Africa.
Youths looking to make submissions should address at least 2 barriers to the uptake of sustainable forms of energy in their country of origin and/or East Africa.
Some of the barriers we have identified through our projects are (but not limited to):
  • Lack of specific (or clarity in) policy, regulations, and technical standards.
  • Lack of political goodwill and competing interests.
  • Weak   enforcement   of   standards   and   regulations   which   breeds corruption.
  • Bureaucratic process in licensing of RE projects.
  • Low number of trained and accredited personnel.
  • Lack of collaboration among stakeholders
  • Incoherent and inaccessible/insufficient data on the market chain from production, distribution to adoption.
  • Rampant theft and vandalism of solar PV systems.
  • Proliferation of sub-standard products.
  • Poor consumer awareness on the benefits, availability, and affordability of solar systems
  • Appropriate and affordable financing options or knowledge thereof.
  • Inadequate infrastructure to support Renewable energy.
  • Land disputes (for example dispute in community lands).

Writing contest selected winner 

The selected winner of the writing contest will:
  1. Have their essay published within the capacity of the School of International Futures (SoIF) and
  2. Invited to take part in the 2021 Sustainable Energy Tour.
Submission details and Deadline

  • The submission window is open and closes on Wednesday 10, November 2021.
  • Send in your essays to:
  • The email subject should include EA Energy Futures Writing Contest + your name.
  • For more information visit the SID website : or send an email to


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