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28.05.2020 , Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi

Are Replication and Upscaling a Good Fit for Africa?

African elders in their unique wisdom left us many timeless proverbs. Among those I find most reflective is the following: “When a handshake passes...

22.05.2020 , M. Chatib Basri and Rema N. Hanna and Benjamin A. Olken

Spend fossil-fuel subsidies on pandemic relief and the poor

Many developing countries have long maintained fuel subsidies because they are politically impossible to abandon, owing to the sticker shock that the...

A large part of the off-grid industry in Africa and Asia consists of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These SMEs form the backbone of the off-grid...

01.04.2020 , Andy Kessler

Give Philanthropy the Market Test

A project to electrify rural India shows how investment helps the poor more than aid.

Mastercard released a white paper revealing that giving people the ability to pay only for what they use, as they need it, can lift millions of people...

Investments into renewable energy in Africa are critical. But they need to take local ownership and participation seriously.

The excitement around blended finance is growing, based on the conviction that it is a powerful approach to closing the gap for financing the SDGs....

Access to clean energy is a basic need that directly supports people’s livelihood, yet more than 30 million Ugandans live without electricity....

29.01.2020 , Havenhill Synergy Ltd

Subsidy: A catalyst for universal electrification

The need for subsidies in universal electrification

Almost a billion people in the world are without access to electricity. The UN Sustainable...

Public-private partnerships are essential to expanding cash-in/cash-out (CICO) agent networks to remote areas in developing countries.

Recent researc...