China and Africa: Small Hydro Power Cooperation

Abstract The development of Small Hydro Power (SHP) in China has been a success for rural electrification yet to be replicated in the rest of the world. This paper introduces basic technical, financial and policy principles of SHP and examines the factors behind its success in China, before moving on to examine existing Chinese technology transfer and capacity building activities with the Global South, and African states in particular. The paper includes some observations of how a failure to account for development differences between China and the rest of the world often leads to inappro­priate measures to develop SHP, and suggests several steps which could be taken to promote similarly rapid SHP development in Africa in the coming decades.
Author Leon White
Publisher Global Environment Institute
Link Cooperation
4 Hydropower, 4.3 Additional reports from civil society organizations