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May 28, 2020

Hook Me Up

Hook Me Up

Nearly 1 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. What does this mean for hospitals and clinics in low-income countries trying to treat patients during Covid-19? In this episode, I speak with Dr. James Knuckles, from the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), on the innovative ways the development sector is trying to connect communities, and why connectivity is so crucial right now. We also talk about how the virus is affecting the much needed movement of food and other goods in low-income countries, the ethical and pragmatic considerations of social enterprises, and broader challenges in working for sustainable development.

Resources:

Mini-Grids for a Half a Billion People

Book Recommendation:

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose