sustainable growth

  • Lesotho Sunrise, by Andrew Moore, via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andryn2006/14987686911/
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    Solar power to the people: how the sun can ease Africa’s electricity crisis

Solar power to the people: how the sun can ease Africa’s electricity crisis

The scale of Africa’s energy deficit often fuels a sense of desperation and helplessness. Yet, on the flipside, this crisis spells enormous opportunities, says Kevin Watkins, Director of the Overseas Development Institute and Visiting Professor at LSE. [Originally published in The Guardian.] “We shall make electric light so cheap that only the wealthy can afford to burn candles,” said Thomas […]

Demographer Dyson in demand ahead of World Population Day

Tim Dyson, Professor in Population and Development, has become a popular frame of reference recently ahead of World Population Day, which fell on Saturday 11 July. The global population, which stood at about one billion by the year 1800, has been rising exponentially. Rapid growth in the last century means that more than seven billion people now occupy the Earth. […]

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    Solving the leakage crisis in India’s subsidised food programme

Solving the leakage crisis in India’s subsidised food programme

The Public Distribution System in India (PDS) is designed to distribute subsidised food to India’s poorest people. But numerous ‘leakages’ in this system – notably the movement of goods to the black market – have prompted calls for states to begin computerising the process. In a new article for Ideas for India, Silvia Masiero, who has monitored the digitisation process […]

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    SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

18 months ago, Robert Wade found trade economists at UNCTAD to be wilfully sidestepping any mention of sustainability in discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, Duncan Green attempts to shake off his own scepticism about the post-2015 SDG process, finding some light (if little sun) at the end of the tunnel. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power.) […]

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    Africa’s Renewable Future – the Coming Energy Revolution

Africa’s Renewable Future – the Coming Energy Revolution

John Magrath, Oxfam researcher and renewable energy fan, celebrates a new report by Kofi Annan. (Originally posted on From Poverty to Power [FP2P]) In Zimbabwe last week I was talking to a nurse at a rural health centre who described how the cost of two candles can be a matter of health or hunger, or even life or death. The […]

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    Current thinking about global trade policy – Robert Wade’s frustration at UNCTAD

Current thinking about global trade policy – Robert Wade’s frustration at UNCTAD

Following a recent United Nations conference, Robert Wade voices his frustration at the failure of international trade economists to see beyond their own bubble. A whole industry is now in gear to construct global goals as successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are due to “expire” in 2015. The successors are to be called the Sustainable Development Goals […]

Final response: International Inequality and the Global Crisis – Managing Markets for Sustainable Growth

E.A. Brett Professor in the Department of International Development, LSE This post is the final response to Professor Brett’s original blog post: ‘International Inequality and the Global Crisis – Managing Markets for Sustainable Growth‘ This post was followed by comments from Guenther Schoenleitner, Director, International Financial Institutions Division, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria. Part 1 of his response can be found here, […]

Increasing Returns to Scale

Dr Jean Paul Faguet Reader in the Political Economy of Development Programme Director, Development Management This post is a response to Professor Teddy Brett’s October Blog post entitled ‘International Inequality and the Global Crisis – Managing Markets for Sustainable Growth‘ I find the question of scale economies particularly interesting because it seems incredibly dry and technical, but takes us into an […]

Comment on Brett, International Inequality and the Global Crisis. [Part 2]

Guenther Schoenleitner Director, International Financial Institutions Division, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria (Guenther Schoenleitner writes here in an independent capacity and his comments do not necessary reflect the views and opinions of his employer). This post is the second part of a response to Professor Teddy Brett’s October Blog post entitled ‘International Inequality and the Global Crisis – Managing Markets […]

Comment on Brett, International Inequality and the Global Crisis. [Part 1]

Guenther Schoenleitner Director, International Financial Institutions Division, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria (Guenther Schoenleitner writes here in an independent capacity and his comments do not necessary reflect the views and opinions of his employer). This post is a response to Professor Teddy Brett’s October Blog post entitled ‘International Inequality and the Global Crisis – Managing Markets for Sustainable Growth‘ Many thanks for […]