Photo: LIC/Flickr No matter how you measure it, the impact of air pollution is startling. According to new research, air pollution worldwide cuts life expectancy by 1.8 years for an average person…

Javier Morales Sarriera, Gurpreet Singh Sehmi |

Buses, cyclist, and car traffic in Santiago de Chile. Photo: Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr Earlier this month, Santiago de Chile took delivery of 100 brand-new electric buses. The event was a…

Kavita Sethi, Bianca Bianchi Alves, Yin Qiu |

In the Africa Chief Economist’s Office, we seek to generate knowledge on key development issues around the continent. We also host the Gender Innovation Lab, which – as the name suggests –…

David Evans |

Example from part of a biogas plant By Bertold Werkmann via Shutterstock In one of Mexico City’s most populated areas, Iztapalapa, there is a street named Alessandro Volta. With little knowledge…

Christian Borja-Vega, Christian Israel Aragon-Briceño |

When I asked a table of Nigerian bankers whether corporate debt to finance solar off-grid and mini grid companies would find favor in local capital markets, they literally laughed at the idea. No…

Jonathan Coony |

A new solar hybrid  mini grid, built by ACOB Lighting in Nigeria’s Bayan Fada community, will generate power for about 1, 350 people. Photo: Alexander Obiechina, CEO of ACOB Lighting Technology…

Sunita Chikkatur Dubey, Catherine Morris |

It is an unfortunate but fact of life that Indonesia often deals with the impacts of natural disasters. It was sadly evident again this week when I arrived in Jakarta to the unfolding disaster…

Philippe H. Le Houérou |

Photo: UN Women/Flickr Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17, 500 islands, is the fourth most populous country in the world, with 261 million inhabitants, and the largest economy in…

Tomás Herrero Diez |

Bapak Kris manages a pellet production factory, located just outside Boyolali City in Central Java. Since its founding, he has started considering the domestic market- despite the fact that the…

Yabei zhang |

It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |