- Jim Kim
- World Bank
The World Bank unveiled its plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 recently.
The rapid progress of India, China and Brazil blazed the path towards exceeding the global Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. Now the Bank wants to rid the world of extreme poverty forever.
Ending extreme poverty will require the acceleration of economic growth in developing countries and translating that growth into jobs while eliminating inequality, said World Bank President Jim Kim in a blogger call yesterday morning. Work must be done to mitigate the shocks caused by natural disasters and eliminate the insecurity linked to food, fuel and poverty, he added.
Linking all of these problems, for Kim, is climate change.
“Climate change is not just an environmental challenge. It’s a fundamental threat to economic development and the fight against poverty,” he said. Continue reading
An organization called the European Commission Joint Research Centre has issued a report that says many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa have some of the world’s best potential for solar power.
As SciDev.net reports:
Tapping into Africa’s renewable energy could transform living standards across the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region.
Here’s one map from the report of the potential for solar power in Africa. Darker brown means more intense energy from the sun:
This is an interesting post and graphic illustration by GOOD, showing one often overlooked area of neglect in Africa. Many people there lack access to electrical power. As the article says:
In population and land mass, Africa is the second largest continent in the world, trailing only Asia. But, amazingly, a majority of the billion people living on the continent survive every day with little to no access to electricity.
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