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Solar Power Having Huge Effect On Health Improvement

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons for a 20-percent decrease in infant-and-maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010 across the developing world, plus about another 20-percent decrease since then, according to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Certainly in the mix are improved health technology and education, an explosion of project funding from […]

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Solar Reports Reveals Real-Life Situations

In August 1961 United Nations’ General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld called solar energy the biggest hope for poverty alleviation in the developing world. But it took another 49 years for the case to be made in a real-life situation: during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. This has led to a real-life effort by researchers to analyze and […]

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Technology No Longer The Barrier In Solar Uptake

During the past decade the technology that creates electricity from photo-voltaic cells has become so sophisticated and so inexpensive that it’s  a wonder that most of the world’s homes aren’t already covered with solar panels. But a recent focus on delivering solar energy to residential consumers in the developing world (to replace traditional poisonous fuels […]

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Blackout In Pune: Solar Saves The Day

FAMILY MATTERS (an update from Indiegogo campaign) In a story on the emerging trend of residential solar lights, National Geographic estimates that 1.1-million households in India use them. They’re becoming common, and vital, in areas of intense growth, such as the Mumbai/Pune corridor, that have seen rapid urbanization with information technology and manufacturing growth as […]

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Real Change In The Developing World

How Behaviour Change Works in the Developing World July 20, 2012 If real change helping people in the developing world emerge from the problems of poverty is to be achieved, it will take a collaborative effort from everyone to create and implement workable solutions. Mike Levin’s piece on Firdaus Kharas and Steve Katsaros as they tackle solar […]

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The Solar Solution

Sustainable energy has always been a target of International Development Aid because of its benefit for health, poverty alleviation and for mitigating climate change. Problem is,  “regulations and policies” have kept any widespread implementation from happening. Those are words from the World Bank, and what they really mean is that governments in developing countries aren’t […]

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Solar Campaign: Changing The Lives Of 1.6 Billion People

Today we launched our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for The Solar Campaign, a series of public service announcements that will reveal those benefits in media and public places throughout the developing world. Watch Firdaus Kharas’ video pitch for the campaign. The file is big so we figure streaming it will be easier. The entire Indiegogo campaign is here. […]

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