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We see a mixture of news again this week: despite the growing attacks on the media worldwide, there is still some healthy debate going on.There is the continuing debate in India over the success of rural electrification, which both the traditional press and new generation of bloggers have got their teeth into. This has also spilled into Bangladesh where again there is a robust conversation over the role of renewables. Moving to Africa, both national and pan-African press seem to have engaged with the energy access debate in a positive and constructive way. It is also rewarding to see the Dutch government supporting media training in West Africa in the way Smart Villages has done. No news this week from the coal lobby, but as with the tobacco industry, they have some of the “best” brains in public relations on their case, so don’t expect that to last – we’re sure to be bombarded next week with “fossil fuels still have a future” press releases!

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LLDC Renewed Call For Action
In 2015 the world united in Paris with a powerful call for climate action. The adoption of the Paris agreement brought a fresh wave of political momentum, spurred by its rapid entry into force last year. These diplomatic successes in Paris, however, should not blind us to the magnitude of the challenge still ahead of us. […]

Gebru Jember Endalew – Dandc (27.08.17)Powering A Transformation In India?
India is amongst the fastest growing economies and the ‘power sector’ is acting as a catalyst to this growth. The record capacity addition in the last couple of years raised the installed generation capacity to over 315GW, including 50GW from renewables. […]

Financial Express (26.08.17)Bangladesh On Target For 2021?
Getting electricity to everyone in the country is one of Awami League’s election promises. In its 2014 manifesto, the party set a deadline of five years to accomplish this task.Although the government appears to have made significant progress in the direction of hundred percent electrification, it is unclear if the goal will be achieved by 2018. […]

Aminur Rahman Rasel – Dhaka Tribune (27.08.17)Egypt Starting To Change?
With over a population over 90 million strong, a prime location, topography and climate, one would assume a country like Egypt would be perfect for solar energy.The nation’s average level of solar radiation is between 2,000 to 3,200kWh per square meter a year, but this country on the verge of the African Sahara still imports enough gas to operate electricity generating plants all over the country and solar energy is more myth than reality in warm, sunny Egypt. […]

Radwa Rashad – TechCrunch (26.08.17)

Ghanian Journalists Sensitised
Kofuridia (E/R), Aug. 26, GNA – SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, a non-profit organization, has organized a three-day capacity building workshop to sensitise journalists on “The Voice For Change Partnership Programme (V4C)” […]

Iddi Yre – Ghana News Agency (26.08.17)


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