The countries in sub-Saharan Africa have very different backgrounds and the constituent countries are therefore not easily comparable. This is primarily due to their history of colonialist regimes and their tribal backgrounds in both cultural diversity and language. Most of the countries are rich in natural resources such as minerals as well as resources suitable for power generation (ie, hydro, coal, oil and gas, geothermal and solar radiation).
The level of development varies greatly, too. Therefore for the purpose of this Outlook, we are focusing on the electricity-related issues that selected countries have in common.