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Sustaining Energy Access: Lessons from Energy Plus Approach and Productive Use in developing countries

Technical University of Denmark   
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
12. August 2016

The ‘Sustaining Energy Access: Lessons from Energy Plus Approach and Productive Use in Developing Countries' work was undertaken with an aim to investigate the barriers and opportunities for sustained energy access. The Energy Plus approach and productive use of energy were identified as two options with good potential towards achieving sustained energy access. One barrier found to be restricting the productive use of energy was the low quality of electricity supply. Voltage fluctuations and frequent interruptions in power supply had…

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African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
11. August 2016

The African continent is urbanising fast. By the mid-2030s, the majority of Africans will live in urban areas. Africa’s urbanisation can allow for structural transformation, if accompanied by productive employment and sufficient public goods. However, diverse urbanisation patterns across African countries show that unplanned urbanisation can hinder their structural transformation. In many African countries, a large portion of the urban labour force remains trapped in low-productivity informal services activities and access to public goods is unequal. The costs of environmental…

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Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies: Objectives and Scope

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Other
5. August 2016

The current safeguard policies have served the Bank, its client countries, and the development community well over the past two decades. They embody core values of the institution and are the cornerstone of the Bank's efforts to protect people and the environment and to ensure sustainable development outcomes. In the spirit of continuous improvement in the face of changing contexts and circumstances, the Bank is evolving these crucial policies to better address new development demands and challenges, and to better…

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G20 Hangzhou Summit: Proposals for Trade, Investment, and Sustainable Development Outcomes

Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Other
5. August 2016

Leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies will gather in Hangzhou, China in September 2016 to address a range of shared governance priorities. This year’s Chinese presidency has identified trade and investment as a key priority for the 2016 summit, interconnected to and supportive of three other focus areas including growth, economic and financial governance, and inclusive and interconnected development. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has provided inputs into the G20’s consultative process around trade and investment in order to…

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T20: Thinking for G20

Gateway House  
Policy Initiative: Other
5. August 2016

The T20 Summit held in Beijing last week provided an opportunity for scholars, think tank representatives, and government officials to engage in meaningful discussion of global economic governance in preparation for the G20 summit in September. The summit's organisers and participants are now taking greater steps to produce more tangible and relevant policy options for the consideration of states worldwide, in the context of fostering global good. Gateway House | T20: Thinking for G20

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The impact of Brexit on the global energy scenario is the highlight at July issue of FGV publication

Fundação Getulio Vargas  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
5. August 2016

The July issue of the Energy Overview Bulletin by FGV Energy - Center for Energy Studies addresses the potential impact of BREXIT on the global energy scenario, in an editorial written by Ieda Gomes (FGV Energy consultant). Cícero Bley Jr. (President of the Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane) also wrote an opinion piece on the subject, suggesting an approach based on local energy, and serving as a means for local sustainable development. FGV | The impact of Brexit on the global energy scenario is the highlight…

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Decarbonization of Indian Railways

Climate Policy Initiative  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
1. August 2016

India currently stands in a moment of opportunity in which it is evident that transitioning to low-carbon systems can bring about economic growth. The falling costs of renewable energy, ambitious government plans for rapid deployment of renewable energy, and increasing financial support from international governments and investors all indicate that the transition to a low-carbon economy is not only possible, but already underway. As a part of the 2015 international Paris Agreement on climate change, India has pledged a reduction…

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Risk-Mitigation Instruments in Infrastructure: Gap Assessment

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. July 2016

The report, Risk Mitigation Instruments in Infrastructure: Gap Assessment, offers a framework for institutions to assess gaps in the provision of risk-mitigation instruments and to mobilize much-needed long-term infrastructure investment in emerging and developing economies. The report outlines input from more than 40 institutional and private investors with total assets under management exceeding $2 trillion, as well as feedback from project developers and construction companies, global banking institutions, insurance and reinsurance companies, international financial institutions and professional services firms. The…

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