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And this is how I described the experience last time:
Imagine someone comes up to you and asks most intently, What are the major causes of the global financial crisis? 30 seconds into your improvised monologue on this complex issue, your questioner’s body language begins to suggest it’s time to wrap up. You do, maybe accelerating a bit just before you screech to a halt. Then the questioner turns to someone next to you and asks a vaguely related question, like Are mortgage rates likely to stay low? It is not a natural conversation. The funny thing is that it sounds fluid on the air. Humans are flexible listeners.
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Recently CGD hosted the Second Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women, which focused on beyond-aid approaches for women’s economic empowerment, with particular emphasis on private sector engagement. CGD experts have written about how international organizations and national agencies should examine and correct gender biases in the design and delivery of their strategies for financial inclusion. But while public sector interventions are crucial for promoting women’s economic empowerment, the panelists pointed out that the private sector is in many ways better equipped to provide opportunities for women to grow their businesses, investments, and incomes. Here’s our takeaway.
On Monday, Grant Shapps, the UK's Minister of State at the Department for International Development, kicked off DFID’s Energy Africa campaign at an event hosted by the Shell Foundation designed to help his team figure out how the UK government can invest its political clout and an initial £30 million ($46 million) to tackle rural energy poverty in Africa. Given solar’s limitations and these risks, how can we make sure that Energy Africa fulfils Minister Shapps’s ambitious brief?