Posts Tagged ‘electricity’

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    Figuring Out African Development

    Dec 21, 13 • 435 Views • No Comments

    In Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, we meet Ifemelu and Obinze. Representative of Nigeria’s upper class, they are a part of a story that takes the reader to Princeton, Yale, Philadelphia, Baltimore and London but always with a home base in...  [read more]

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    Diminishing the Worldwide Energy Gap

    Sep 21, 13 • 816 Views • No Comments

    Last summer, President Obama announced a $7 billion Power Africa initiative that targets sub-Saharan Africa.  Its goal is to create the infrastructure that will extend electricity to more than 20 million households. Partnering with 6 other nations, the US...  [read more]

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    Human Capital: Electricity Matters

    May 30, 13 • 239 Views • No Comments

    After Hurricane Sandy struck my NJ area, a physician friend told me that, with no refrigeration, her vaccine supply spoiled. Imagine her temporary problem as a permanent condition in the developing world. Lack of dependable electricity affects vaccines and...  [read more]

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    Phone Power

    Oct 14, 12 • 211 Views • No Comments

    Only 3 years ago in sub-Saharan Africa, more than two-thirds of all roads were unpaved, three-quarters of the population was without electricity, and there were 3 landline phones per 100 people. Enter the cell phone. As of 2010, in low and middle income...  [read more]

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    The Future of Oil

    Nov 8, 11 • 214 Views • No Comments

    When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet high with pistachio nuts. The nuts are free, you are...  [read more]