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Three reasons why the development community should lead the shift away from using deficit-focused language and model how we can do better
A few months back, my Linkedin feed was inundated with posts celebrating the remarkable growth of South Africa’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector signalled by a significant surge in solar panel imports.
You might think that there is hardly anything less exciting than innovative products and business ideas that come from a university context: Too much theory, too little practical relevance. The 12 participants of the Clean Energy Bootcamp of Startup|Energy from April 10 to 15, 2024 in Nairobi proved the opposite.
Products at a Solar Sisters outreach in a Nigerian community. - Copyright Solar Sisters Nigeria
The African country has the lowest access to electricity in the world. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of energy poverty. 32-year-old green energy entrepreneur Yetunde Fadeyi will never forget what inspired her to start a clean energy company in Nigeria.
1. Dwaniro Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society Limited Manager at the cooperative premises in Kiboga-Central Uganda.
The dairy sector currently represents 6.5 percent of the country’s agricultural gross domestic product and dairy production is reported by the Dairy Development Authority of Uganda (DDA) to be a major activity in the cattle corridor, a stretch of rangeland covering more than a third of the country.
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What comes to mind when you think of visiting a school for kids with a wide range of mental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, downs drome among other conditions? If you consider yourself to be “mentally normal” like myself, then you expect finding kids who are sad and gloomy, shy and timid, hopeless and desperate.
Around 600 million people in Africa still lack access to electricity. Despite recent progress, electrification efforts face new headwinds since the Covid-19 pandemic, with a growing debt crisis, poor utility financial health, and increased affordability challenges.
Of the money allocated for electricity infrastructure in South Africa’s Just Energy Transition, almost none is allocated to actually building electricity infrastructure, whether that be new renewable generation capacity or expanded grid infrastructure, the writers say. (Photos, from left: Felix Dlangamandla, Mark Andrews)
We take a closer look at the Just Energy Transition grants register and some of the key trends, to determine who the money has gone to, when it was disbursed and what it was spent on.


Dr. Harald Schützeichel

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