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A very excited Isha Daramy-Kabia called me from Sierra Leone. Isha is a midwife I met in December 2011 through the Global Women’s Leadership Network...

A new IIED-paper

When it comes to electric power generation and distribution, in developed countries we are used to this basic model. Large power plants produce...

The issue of a high brightness seemed long time to manufacturers of mobile solar lanterns rather subordinate. Most lamps remain under 50lm, which is...

01.10.2013 , Nicholas Wenzel

Tackling Energy Poverty in Rural India


India's efforts to tackle energy poverty are having a big impact, but is it enough?

With an annual GDP growth rate of 5.8 percent over the past two...

17.09.2013 , Harald Schützeichel

Where is the new Muhammad Yunus?

The off-grid industry is facing a huge funding gap. In fact, more and more organizations such as the World Bank, the IFC, the UN Foundation, ADB,...

The Solar Market Garden™ (SMG) is a technology designed to help rural farmers generate income and to combat food and nutrition insecurity in the...

Many of us would have seen this: A top corporate showing great images of how they have donated health products, solar lamps and other worthy things to...

Electrification practitioners often emphasise the need for productive use of energy (PUE) to enhance the incomes of home businesses and enterprises....

Within the social enterprise space, “consumerism” may often be viewed as a negative behavioral driver. However, it remains a powerful motivator, as...