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  • Reply to: Political will, money, ingenuity and cooperation for UN Energy goals   1 month 2 weeks ago

    Mr. Saghir:

    Please, do not even cite Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). It is a FAILED program, a colossal waste of donors' funding. I have let the gentleman who runs the program know that, and why.

    Somehow, you folks, who work at the Bank, wear very thick blinders, whereby, you do not for a moment, realize that there are other experts out here in the real world. Your audience -those, who read your reports and evaluate your programs, is not just folks in developing countries. Many of us are here in the West.

    You folks need to get into with reality. and it is not just you people at the Bank think or say or write. If there proper accountability for program performance and performance by those of you, hired to work on these programs, many of the programs you have cited would have been terminated long ago, and the staff, reassigned or fired.

    ESMAP has extensive litany of platitudes, but no concrete evidence of real achievement, the program and staff could take even, partial credit for. Its mission and goals are so morphed and murky, one does not even, know how to assess its performance.

    Please, do not cite ESMAP. Check out my statement for yourself.

  • Reply to: Energy efficiency is a win-win for Africa   1 month 2 weeks ago

    CFL bulbs are not the solution to Africa's energy shortage, nor is its adoption, the sustainable energy solution Africa needs.

    The advocacy of CFL adoption as a solution is short-sighted, and a classic example of why initiatives that have been undertaken to address Africa's energy shortage have failed. The World Bank/other UN agencies push and pedal energy products on behalf of its commercial partners (products its partners want to sell, rather than effective solutions to Africa's energy shortage). Africa buys into and adopts such products, because the World Bank and other UN agencies are pedaling, them.

    As energy expert, Mr. Jamal Saghir should be aware, CFL bulbs contain significant amount of Mercury. This is a major limitation. How would you deal with contamination and Mercury pollution, in African countries struggling with effective financial and scientific/technological capacity for many things, and to have to add to the resource capacity strain, dealing with Mercury contamination and pollution, well know for widespread hazards to humans, the least not being deformities to infants and children exposed to it.

    Mr. Saghir: is the use of CFL bulbs not being banned, and the technology, being discontinued in industrialized countries? Why push this dangerous product to Africa?

    A few years ago I had a number of discussions and raised this concern with the gentleman, who was pushing this dangerous product on behalf of the World Bank/UNDP under the program title, GEF or Global Environmental Facility. It is shameful that UNDP, and the World Bank would engage in pushing this product to Africa and other countries, inspite of knowledge of the Mercury issue, and as CFL is being banned and discontinued in developed countries.

    There are more effective solutions to Africa's energy shortage. What the Bank has embarked on has not worked. CFL is one of the worst.

    Effective long-term solution to Africa's energy need exists, and its is sustainable. If Mr. Saghir and the World Bank are really, interested in it, I would share it with him and his organization. I doubt World Bank's commitment to that, as a goal it wants to achieve.

  • Reply to: Forest and climate-smart development in the Democratic Republic of Congo   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Please furnish more details

  • Reply to: Forest and climate-smart development in the Democratic Republic of Congo   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Any updates of the great effort?

  • Reply to: Hydropower in Vietnam: The right way to do it   2 months 1 day ago

    Thank you for your nice article. I appreciate reading stories of hydropower plants well written with fairness.
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