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At first glance, the answer is clear: in off-grid areas of developing countries, kerosene lamps are generally used for "lighting". They hardly produce...

In 2007, the former Nigerian finance minister and current World Bank Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala gave a remarkable speech on how economic and social...

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...