The World Bank's lead dam specialist Alessandro Palmieri believes that the Bumbuna hydropower project, in post-conflict Sierra Leone, exemplifies the right way to implement stakeholder involvement in hydropower projects.
Several new World Bank papers have been published in the last few weeks regarding private participation in infrastructure - for those that are interested:
The latest edition of Beyond Transition: the Newsletter about Reforming Economies has a great set of articles about energy issues in transition countries.
In their paper Electricity reform in developing and transition countries: A reappraisal, J.H. Williams and R. Ghanadan find that the standard menu for reform of electricity markets in developing countries has been ill-suited to local conditions.
Despite fundamental differences in motivations and conditions, non-OECD reform policies were largely based on the theoretical analysis and policy recommendations of economists concerned principally with deregulation in the US and Europe.
Joseph Stiglitz believes the nationalization plans of the Morales government in Bolivia should be praised and criticizes the conditions under which previous oil deals were penned:
A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth… [and] better building regulations would boost uptake of efficient lighting… The IEA [also] concludes, there is no need to wait for LEDs. Policy measures and individual action to bring the switch would slash 38% from the global electricity bill for lighting by 2030.
Reforming an African electricity company requires tough love, persistence -- and a little luck. Just ask Jean-David Bile, a civil engineer in the central African country of Cameroon. Bile runs AES Corp.'s electricity operation in Cameroon, a national grid that is chiefly powered by two large dams and was formerly fully owned by the infamously corrupt government of Cameroon.
Hunger and disease vs. climate change – the UN asks which of these is more important to saving the world?
Going to Market: Trade and Traders in Six Afghan Sectors is an enjoyable must-read for those interested in the Afghan economy.