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16.07.2019 , The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

High-profile bankruptcies in the off-grid sector: Where do we go from here?

The high-profile bankruptcies of some of the African off-grid industry’s best-known brands has raised questions on the long-term viability of current...

15.07.2019 , Ashwini K Swain and Navroz K Dubash

Beyond Poles and Wires: How to Keep the Electrons Flowing?

India’s move to electrify every village and household in the country has been lauded as a success. Building on decades of targeted programmes and...

04.07.2019 , Rob Fetter, June Lukuyu, Jay Taneja and Nathan Williams

Can microgrids enable macro development?

Standing in the bustling peri-urban settlement of Ngwerere, where nearly 1,000 Zambians live on the outskirts of Lusaka, you can see the power lines...

Should renewable energy developers invest in vocational training? Job creation? Home repair? 

The answer, based on best practice in emerging...

From assuming superiority to stealing ideas, international organisations can do more harm than good when partnering with local ones. But there are...

Poverty alleviation programmes in Pakistan have failed to achieve the desired outcomes over the years. When we look at the state of multidimensional...

Why does nearly 40% of the global population still rely on dirty fuels such as firewood or charcoal for cooking? It causes an estimated 4 million...

Subsidies that promote the use of fossil fuels are helping "to destroy the world", and are a bad way to deploy taxpayers' money, the head of the...

28.05.2019 , Oliver Taherzadeh and Benedict Probst

Five reasons ‘green growth’ won’t save the planet

Green growth has emerged as the dominant narrative for tackling contemporary environmental problems. Its supporters, including the likes of the UN,...

International report points to progress on electricity access, but finds clean cooking solutions and renewable energy in transportation and heating...