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Power Africa Initiative

Why Nigeria Generates So Little Power

Timi Soleye | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Timi Soleye

Nigeria is the greenest populous country in the world, but it is so entirely by accident. We fuel a population north of 170 million -- the seventh largest in the world -- on an available installed grid electricity generation capacity of fewer than 6GW.

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Justin Guay | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid

Justin Guay | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

And at the end of the day, this isn't just about climate, it's about 21st century technological progress.

Back to the Future: Africa's Mobile Revolution Should Inspire Rural Energy Solutions

Darius Mans | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Darius Mans

Access to power is a principal bottleneck to growth in Africa. Six hundred million Africans lack access to a power grid.

Expanding Access to Energy Will Strengthen Africa's Human Capacity and Economic Growth

Amini Kajunju | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Each and every day throughout sub-Saharan Africa, some 600 million people - or two-thirds of the region's population - are still living without access to electricity and other modern energy services. In rural communities, that number climbs to a startling 85 percent.

To Power Africa, Look to Kenya

M. Sanjayan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Rural Africa needs a system where the source of energy is abundant and not reliant on foreign exchange reserves. It needs a system that puts a little power in the hands of many, not a lot of power in the hands of a few.

'The End of the Beginning'

Carl Pope | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

The decision by the World Bank this week to repudiate future investments in coal-fired power plants except under exceptional circumstances marks the first time that the global community has collectively ruled some forms of high carbon energy development off the table.

Is Obama's "Power Africa" Simply Enabling More Climate Change?

D.A. Barber | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
D.A. Barber

Like lipstick, you can't just slap "clean" or "renewable" on the face of policy statements that include coal, natural gas, and diesel and hope nobody notices the ugly underneath.

4 Ways To Help 'Power' Africa Out Of Poverty

www.one.org | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact

President Obama recently announced his Power Africa initiative –- a bold effort to scale up electricity access and address energy poverty in sub-Sah...

Can Obama's 'Power Africa' Initiative Double Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

It is commendable that the Obama administration wants to help Africa build power grids and get electricity for its people. But there is little evidence to back up the claim that an amount as small as $7 billion -- or $16 billion, if we include the private sector investment -- will "double" access.

4 Important Tips for Navigating Africa as an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Juliet Asante

I am not a Jill of all trades. I am a mistress of one; Entrepreneurship. Through this lens, I form my vision of the world. A world that is informed f...