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BBC: Solar solutions to eradicate kerosene

Solar for Africa Blog

The Economist covered the African solar revolution a couple of weeks ago and now the BBC has written a great article about SunnyMoney’s work. Click here.

Great to see this – the more people who learn about the issue of kerosene lighting and the over 1 billion people living without electricity, the better.

Solar lighting is today so well developed that it offers a fantastic, immediate, low cost and long lasting solution to millions of people. It’s our job to make sure millions of people get the chance to benefit from the solutions available today… Please share far and wide!

One point of clarification: SunnyMoney is not an NGO. It’s now a company, owned by the charity SolarAid.

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ICT4D @ Tulane

The overall point of Richard Heeks’ article is to question the context of the Millennium Development Goals as the priority application for ICTs. He believes this is a flawed strategy for several reasons:

  1. The MDGs are not logical. They virtually attempt to solve a good proportion of the injustices of the world by 2015, an endeavor that is surely honorable but not rational.
  2. The MDGs are prone to all the same criticisms we now condone the neo-liberalist agenda for. They are hegemonic, imposed by the global north, lack the ability for countries to establish their own agendas etc.
  3. The MDGS function through the notion of “do as I say” not “as I do.” They hope for development to be clean and honorable, environmentally friendly and socially egalitarian. Though the mindset behind this is great — it is not fully realistic.
  4. ICT through the MDGs has been concentrated on computers and…

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NAIJA INVEST

AS part of the government’s effort to encourage public private partnership (PPP) in the developmental process of the country and creating jobs for its teaming population, the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment has received a Brazilian infrastructure conglomerates on a fact finding mission on behalf of the Federal Government.

Receiving the representatives of one of the companies in Abuja recently, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil. Vincent Okoedion explained that the visit of the company was borne out of the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Brazil in July this year during the United Nations Earth summit where he addressed the Brazilian business community and extended invitation to companies that might be willing to come to Nigeria for business in Nigeria assuring them of their safety while in Nigeria for the purpose of investment and that Nigeria was blessed with a huge market that was good for their investment.

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NAIJA INVEST

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the development of the railway as a veritable means of transportation across the country.

It said the development of modern railway infrastructures would ease the present over dependence on road as the main means of persons and goods movement across the country.

To this end, the central organ is ready to partner South Korea in the development of modern railway infrastructures through a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, disclosed this in Abuja while receiving in audience a Korean business delegation led by Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Jong-Hyum Choi. Umar said continued partnership with the private sector would enable Nigeria develop its infrastructural facilities.

The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Nebolisa Emodi, noted that investment opportunities abound in the transport sector, which…

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YFN Georgia LLC

USAID have released their 2011 review of Georgia’s agriculture sector. You can find it here

To a large extent, it repeats and validates many reviews performed by USAID, World Bank, UNDP and various EU agencies over the past decade. Most of its findings are already well known by anyone who works in the farming sector here.  There are no new discoveries in this report.

It is however quite well written and a good introduction for somebody with no Caucasus experience.

Two criticisms I would make:

(1) Co-Operatives

The report once again reiterates the call for the promotion of farmers’ co-operatives, so beloved of the EU and various socialist jurisdictions. This of course will demand subvention, both from the state budget and foreign donors. The justification is for improved farmer margins through direct marketing to larger wholesalers, bypassing small local traders.

The demonisation of small traders in the farm sector is…

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