At first glance, there is an incredibly diverse range of stories this week. But upon reflection, they seem to have one common theme: the need to think and act local, supporting on the ground efforts rather than imposing from the top down. This mirrors the findings of our initiative which are due to be published shortly. For example, you see the incredible technology developed by Fatima Ademoh to win the Young Energy Leader prize, and who was also a finalist for our West Africa entrepreneurship competition. Young entrepreneurs like her need to be supported and encouraged to grow. Knowledge transfer is another key issue: Nigerian universities are working with the renewable energy agency and UC Davis has been sharing its expertise with African partners. It’s not all good news, though: the research on caste being a major issue in energy access is worrying, as is news that Africa’s off-grid population continues to grow. However, you could look at this as an opportunity for the continuing march of technology: witness the Facebook drone story and the mini-tidal generator. Finally, I’ve met a few Blockchain prophets recently and have included a couple of stories – you can judge for yourself if this is the Uber moment for energy access or not!