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Dear Blue Blue,

By coincidence, in the week that World Bank launched its RISE report, Smart Villages also held our latest ECOWAS workshop in Togo. The topic was how to improve renewable energy access at the local level and ensure a sustainable productive uses dividend. The answer came loud and clear from the participants: planning must be from the bottom up through what we would like to call "full partnerships" between local communities, financiers, NGOs, government, and industry. It seems pretty logical when you think of it - helping communities RISE up and empower themselves rather than trying impose solutions top down is sure to be more effective. 

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For Tanzania to meet its energy needs - and in a way that is sustainable - huge levels of finance are required to boost its decentralised energy sector. But the latest research shows that current funding flows are way off target. Providing sustainable energy for everyone, in line with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, will need a massive shift to decentralised supply through such technology as solar home systems or clean cook stoves. Getting energy to remote areas using decentralised solutions is often quicker and cheaper than expanding the central grid. [...]

Sarah Best - Thomson Reuters Foundation News (15.02.17)

RISE Launched As New Progress Tracking Metric
Energy is a cornerstone of the world’s development agenda. Reliable, affordable access to modern energy services results in better jobs, health care and education. Women can walk home under the safety of streetlights and opportunities abound for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Very simply, access to energy can help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. That’s why the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all as one of 17 goals for 2030, and to dramatically increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. [...]


Sub-Saharan Africa Lagging Despite Hype Shows World Bank Report
Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said.In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. [...]

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Micro-Financing Insights From Azuri
1.2 billion people around the world currently lack access to electricity, so TRINE seeks to solve this problem by closing the gap between private capital in developed countries and local solar partners in emerging markets. The organisations founding goal is to end energy poverty but finding a long-term solution is key. The for-profit nature of TRINE as a business and its projects deployed as investments means that its projects are economically viable as well as having a social and environmental impact in the long run. [...]

Robin Whitlock - Renewable Energy Magazine (16.02.17)

Jobs And Prosperity Are In Clean Energy
With the influx of our new Presidential administration, there has been an attack on science and environmentalism. Donald Trump, his team, and the rest of the Republican Party are making a concerted effort to silence scientific facts—especially those related to climate change—and brand environmentalism as an unnecessary hindrance to the economy. [...]

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Sorry Coal, Solar Is Where The Jobs Are
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump donned a miner’s hat and promised to bring coal jobs back. “Get ready,” he told the embattled industry, “you’re going to work your asses off!” Those pledges helped win over voters in the nation’s Rustbelt, but they ignore America’s new energy reality: The jobs aren’t in coal. [...]

Erika Fry - Fortune (21.02.17)

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