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Lack of access to electricity is one of the major impediments to growth and development of the rural economies in developing countries. That is why...

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...

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