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Tag: energy access


Here’s a Better Way the SDGs Can #LightTheWay to End Poverty

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A campaign to rally public support for the Sustainable Development Goals is calling upon people to #LightTheWay to fight poverty. It’s a lovely image: millions of people holding “candles, lanterns, and torches!” to urge world leaders as they meet in New York to make commitments to make the world a better place. Light is a symbol rich in religious connotations and evocative of human progress.

Obama’s Legacy in Africa – Lacking or Lasting?

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President Obama is wheels up to Kenya and Ethiopia. Likely his last trip to the continent as president, Charles Kenny and Todd Moss each take this moment to assess his legacy in Africa thus far—and identify where there are still opportunities.

Here is Charles in Bloomberg.

Here is Todd in CNN.

They’re worth reading in tandem. Both see the president’s legacy on the continent thus far as lacking, if for somewhat different reasons, and both identify different possibilities for driving a lasting legacy. But it’s safe to say both are hopeful there will not be another soccket

DFID’s “Energy Africa” Campaign Launch: Three Fast Facts, One Bad Idea, and at Least One Way Forward

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On Monday, Grant Shapps, the UK's Minister of State at the Department for International Development, kicked off DFID’s Energy Africa campaign at an event hosted by the Shell Foundation designed to help his team figure out how the UK government can invest its political clout and an initial £30 million ($46 million) to tackle rural energy poverty in Africa. Given solar’s limitations and these risks, how can we make sure that Energy Africa fulfils Minister Shapps’s ambitious brief?

US Energy Policy Hypocrisy vs. Global Energy Poverty

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The Electrify Africa Act is back, re-vamped for 2015 and a new session of Congress. Representatives Royce, Engel, and Bass introduced the bill this week (the House passed an earlier version last year, but the Senate didn’t vote on corresponding legislation before the end of the last congressional session). It includes many important provisions that aim to help African countries extend access to electricity to at least 50 million people by 2020.

Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand

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This is a joint post with Lucas Davis at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by households and businesses in middle-income countries. 

SDG Seven: Update the ‘Modern’ in Universal Modern Energy Access

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This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets.

I love the proposed Sustainable Development Goal Seven. It says “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Target 7.1 is even better:  “By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.” Who could be against that?


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