Beaded bracelets with solar-powered GPS enable health workers to monitor pregnant pastoralist women, preventing deaths in childbirth.

Commercial financial services tend to ignore the refugee market – despite its potential profitability. That limits refugees’ ability to safely bank the small savings they make, remittances from friends and family abroad, or to tap into business opportunities.

During the past two decades, African countries have initiated and concluded large electrification projects on borrowed funds, however the development has been skewed - less money went in augmentation of energy i.e. increasing the power generation whereas cross border power transmission projects hogged large funds.

Considered as one of EDF’s “globally holistic approaches”, EDF senior VP for Africa Valérie Levkov explains that the company’s offgrid solar kit solution is provided to households in vulnerable or rural areas.

Off-grid consultancy THEnergy sees the need for solar-home system and minigrid companies to optimise their business processes in the wake of the Mobisol GmbH insolvency.

Coal projects accounted for almost half of China’s overseas investment in 2018, making the country the world’s biggest funder of coal power development overseas, which threatens to scupper international climate goals.

Coal projects accounted for up to 42 percent of China’s overseas investment in 2018, according to the China Global Energy Finance database. This makes China the world’s biggest investor in coal power development overseas, which threatens to scupper international climate goals.

Although stand-alone solar systems have large market potential in West Africa and the Sahel, investments in off-grid renewable energy have lagged behind in the sub-region. The World Bank Group approved the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) to expand off-grid access to electricity for populations in 19 countries in West Africa and the Sahel region. The new project maximizes finance for development by crowding in private investments to deploy innovative technologies.

The global financial institution has advocated for reforms that favour agribusiness and ignore peasants and indigenous peoples whose livelihoods depend on traditional land use.

China is committed to reducing the amount of subsidies granted to its solar power sector, but projects also designed to relieve rural poverty will remain eligible for state support, it said in a new policy guidelines last week.