GE Turns on Power in Power Africa

February 28, 2014
USAID Impact Blog

Whether it’s kick starting local off-grid energy projects in Kenya and Nigeria, or larger scale initiatives across the region, GE’s involvement in the Power Africa initiative is very much underway.

FrontLines: Energy/Infrastructure

February 26, 2014
USAID Impact Blog

An Ethiopian-born entrepreneur from Canada was hoping to operate a mining facility in his homeland, but his plans were thwarted by one thing — a lack of energy to power the mine. Read how Nejib Abba Biya and the Ethiopian Government, with support from the United States, are working to use the country’s natural geothermal energy as a reliable, renewable power source.

Partnerships and Opportunity: Reflections from the African Union Summit

February 24, 2014
USAID Impact Blog

In late January, when President Obama addressed the country, he spoke of our work across Africa “bringing together businesses and governments to double access to electricity and help end extreme poverty.”

From Addis Ababa: A Power[ful] Africa Message

August 28, 2013
USAID Impact Blog

On the outskirts of Addis Ababa sits the engineering and production facility of one of the world’s most cutting edge high technology firms, the Ethiopian-American firm dVentus Technologies. This firm and its success could be a harbinger of change across the entire African continent.

Is U.S. Fossil Fuel Policy Keeping Millions Poor?

February 10, 2014
Council on Foreign Relations

Is the U.S. government keeping tens of millions of people poor by focusing its development assistance on renewables rather than gas and coal? It’s a critical question – particularly as the United States ramps up its Power Africa effort – that’s addressed thoughtfully by Todd Moss and Benjamin Leo in a new Center for Global Development paper.

After seeing this graph, you’ll never look at your refrigerator the same way again

September 18, 2013
Washington Post Blog

Todd Moss, vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, recently bought a new refrigerator. It's one of the nice new refrigerators. The super-energy efficient refrigerators. The ones that come with a little yellow tag bragging about how little energy they use each year.

“Come Back at Night and You Will Understand”

July 16, 2013
USAID Impact Blog

This plain-spoken answer—from a father who lived in a village without access to electricity—came in response to the question: What is life like without electrical power?

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