A New York Times piece alleging a “sputtering” Power Africa in advance of President Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia took us by surprise. To those of us who have been avidly following Power Africa and the continent’s long march toward universal electrification, it’s far too early to draw such negative conclusions on the initiative’s success—much less its future impact. Instead, the early signs are actually quite positive.
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The Financing Development for Development Conference is well under way, and this week's podcast comes to you direct from Addis to give you an update on the negotiations. Owen Barder, who has been in on the conversations, tells you what's being discussed and the likelihood of meaningful results being reached.
Update: This blog was updated on 3/11/2015 from the original version.
The days of pushing priorities, pet projects, or expat consultants on countries are coming to a close. Connected and increasingly empowered individuals are demanding a greater say in setting priorities, designing and implementing programs, and assessing whether projects have achieved their desired results. For those agencies that recognize this trend, the question is how to meaningfully and cost effectively engage citizens in real time.
Recently Tunisia has cemented its reputation as the brightest hope to emerge from the Arab Spring and we are heartened by the response to this progress, with President Obama requesting a more than doubling of US assistance to Tunisia in his 2016 budget request.
In Burkina Faso, where most live on less than $2 a day, people want better infrastructure even more than they want jobs. In Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Tanzania – some of Africa’s poorest nations – it is the same. In fact, the cry for more and better basic services is heard in nearly every African country.