Developing a competitive supply and distribution chain for deployment of off grid solutions such as solar Pico PV is always a challenge. This challenge is further aggravated with socio-economic, human induced problems as well as through market distortions, caused by sub-standard products. How can we overcome this challenge? Indeed, several remedies can be applicable to … More Building a competitive Market for Micro-Scale Renewable Energy technologies
In the development domain, there are numerous confusions over capacity development, advisory services and aid. It is a common understanding that for development we need problem solvers [consultants] which are cost effective, efficient and swift. Consultants excel at developing and selling ideas, and are the simplifiers and implementers. Hence, the argument is that advisory and … More Capacity Development Beyond Aid: A new thought in development
In an interesting paper of Environmental Justice, it was questioned that the vision or philosophy of carbon neutral economy or green economy is a myth. The author of the discussion paper, Kevin Smith narrated that carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. The … More Is carbon neutral green economy a myth?
UNFCCC came with a draft negotiation text in March first week, after six days of discussion in Geneva. This ‘negotiation text’ comprises of a wide range of options and proposals, which includes all most everything and anything, which are necessary to combat with climate change issues. This is now the official negotiating text for an agreement to … More Burning issues for COP.21: Road to Paris
Global leaders, think tanks and development practitioners are working tirelessly to agree “a truly transformative agenda” in a new set of development goals that will improve the lives of all people. These new global targets will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), which reach their deadline at the end of this year. But, how are we … More Transforming SDGs into realities
There is widespread recognition that renewable finance needs to be scaled up from its current levels. However, there is no clear view on how developing countries like Nepal can efficiently and effectively mobilise further finance to meet the needs of its increasing energy economics from new and innovative sources of financing. While the demand for … More Financing Innovatively: What can we do in Renewable Energy Sector?
There is a paradigm shift in accepting ‘business development’ as one of the core activities in not for profit organisations in recent days. This ‘shift’ is mainly triggered due to the reasons that funders and donors are demanding more accountability, traditional forms of funding are becoming smaller and less reliable, donors are focusing for an … More Why does ‘not for profit’ pathetically fail in business development?
Do we invest responsibly as an individual? I think, the answer is certainly yes as we are not interested to be bankrupt and nor we are willing to cause any damages to our personal and family lives. This outlook of life-‘low regret’ or ‘do no harm’ is also increasingly happening in other sectors of our … More Responsible Investment: Making profits and Creating Companies Value
There has been a considerable change in policies and attitudes towards foreign direct investment (FDI) in India. Distrust and suspicion of FDI in the past appears to have yielded place to a newfound faith in its ability to foster growth and development. This change in attitudes is due to a number of factors: a steep … More CAPTURING THE ‘FDI’ OPPORTUNITY: INDIA’S CHALLENGES AND CONCERNS
Agriculture remains crucial for pro-poor economic growth in most developing countries. More than in any other sector, improvements in agricultural performance have the potential to increase rural incomes and purchasing power for large numbers of people to lift them out of poverty. It is the largest contributor to average global GDP; the biggest source of foreign … More Climate Smart Agriculture: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity of the Rural Communities