Solar power: An instrument for large-scale electrification for remote rural areas in developing countries
Opinion

Solar power: An instrument for large-scale electrification for remote rural areas in developing countries

Solar energy is the solution to electrify developing countries, particularly remote rural areas. Let’s invest in solar energy and train electricians; villages will rapidly have permanent and sustainable lighting.
Jean-Pierre Cerdan
The Green Climate Fund: How to make it an effective tool to tackle climate change
Opinion

The Green Climate Fund: How to make it an effective tool to tackle climate change

On the eve of COP21, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved financing for eight projects – this was a first for the fund,  even though it was set up back in 2010 in Cancun. Setting up the GCF was a laborious process, due to  lack of money, and there is still a long way to go before it becomes the...
Armelle Le Comte
Immunisation: A political choice
Opinion

Immunisation: A political choice

If smallpox has been eradicated, if polio is on the verge of being eradicated and if child mortality has been halved since 1990, it is thanks to immunisation! Despite its proven impact, one child in five still does not receive all the vaccines, including the most essential ones. This causes 1.5...
Seth Berkley
Science for Development: Investing in appropriate technologies
Opinion

Science for Development: Investing in appropriate technologies

The services offered by new technologies already have major impacts on development. To increase these impacts, there is a need to break down certain ideological barriers and scale up multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Mélanie Marcel
Sustainable energy: derisking investment is more cost-effective than providing subsidies
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Sustainable energy: derisking investment is more cost-effective than providing subsidies

With an ambitious yet aspirational goal to keep global temperatures within 1.5 degree rise by 2100, a global shift to renewable energies is essential to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet, undertaking such a monumental shift requires a combination of both public and private resources. This can be...
Jo Scheuer
Climate: How to help cities achieve their ambitions?
Conference synthesis

Climate: How to help cities achieve their ambitions?

An increasing number of local authorities in developing countries, influenced by international momentum and pressed by civil society, are pledging to make their public policies “climate-compatible”. However, despite these good intentions, few initiatives are successful or effectively implemented....
ID4D editorial staff
Almost 100 years after it was discovered,  let’s make access to insulin a reality in Africa!
Opinion

Almost 100 years after it was discovered, let’s make access to insulin a reality in Africa!

On 11 January 1922, Leonard Thompson, a young 14 year-old diabetic, was the first patient in history to be injected with insulin to treat his type 1 diabetes. While this discovery will soon be celebrating its 100th anniversary, the hope it has generated is proving slow in materializing in a...
Stéphane Besançon, Jeffrey Sachs, James Elliott
E-Health “This sector is one of the main drivers of digital technology”
Interview

E-Health “This sector is one of the main drivers of digital technology”

The digital revolution is a major upheaval for our societies and means we need to rethink our operating methods. This is also the case for the health sector, where significant changes are taking place. An interview with Romain André, Health Project Manager at Agence Française de Développement.
Romain André
Climate challenges: putting technology to good use
Interview

Climate challenges: putting technology to good use

How can greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by using new ICTs? Urban mobility, energy in buildings, teleservices, etc. There are a whole host of applications. An interview with Philippe Dumont, Southern Europe Manager for the IT group Cisco.
Philippe Dumont
Climate: The targets cannot be achieved without a real empowerment of women
Opinion

Climate: The targets cannot be achieved without a real empowerment of women

Today, it is recognized that it is the poorest people who bear the brunt of climate change. Yet 70% of people living on less than USD 1 day in the world are women! Women are therefore the first victims. They are often the source of innovative solutions for climate change adaptation and are key...
Mathilde Bois-Dubuc
The right to contraception and abortion: An urgent combat
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The right to contraception and abortion: An urgent combat

225 million women who would like to avoid or delay a pregnancy still do not have access to contraception. It is estimated that every year, 80 million women face an unwanted pregnancy. 22 million of them take the risk of an unsafe abortion: 470,000 die from it. Yet all the means that would allow...
Anne Sinic, Sandrine Simon
Climate: “Improve democracy and education to step up civil society pressure”
Interview

Climate: “Improve democracy and education to step up civil society pressure”

Companies, institutions and NGOs presented their climate solutions at the free exhibition “Solutions Cop21 Paris 2015”, which was held from 4 to 10 December at the Grand Palais and had 42,000 visitors. It was organized by Comité 21, a platform of French networks created in 1992 during the Rio...
Gilles Berhault
In Africa, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases kill more than AIDS. Time to take action.
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In Africa, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases kill more than AIDS. Time to take action.

5.7% of the adult population in Africa is now affected by diabetes. This disease causes 5.1 million deaths around the world, i.e. 6.8% of annual global mortality. The international community needs to take urgent action.
Pierre Salignon, Mathieu Doré, Stéphane Besançon
“Electric cars are a solution with renewable electricity”
Interview

“Electric cars are a solution with renewable electricity”

Traffic jams and pollution are constantly increasing in cities. Are electric cars, which are sometimes criticized for their carbon footprint, a solution? An interview with Philippe Schulz, Expert Leader on Environment, Energy and Raw Materials at Renault.
Philippe Schulz
What still needs to be done after the Paris Climate Agreement
Interview

What still needs to be done after the Paris Climate Agreement

What lessons can be learned from the agreement negotiated in Paris during the Climate Change Conference (COP 21)? An interview with Amy Dahan Dalmedico, Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and climate change specialist.
Amy Dahan-Dalmedico
“Promote the ecological transition by building on people organized in communities”
Interview

“Promote the ecological transition by building on people organized in communities”

Faced with climate change, the transition of the economy towards a low carbon economy is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Initiatives are spreading in the field, providing concrete examples which are taken up elsewhere. An interview with Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the...
Rob Hopkins
Climate: “If we remain with an ideological vision, we will not achieve the expected results”
Interview

Climate: “If we remain with an ideological vision, we will not achieve the expected results”

Africa bears the brunt of climate change impacts, but is estimated to only account for 4.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, a national of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and co-chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group at the Paris Climate Change Conference...
Tosi Mpanu Mpanu
How to finance low carbon development models ?
Conference synthesis

How to finance low carbon development models ?

International agendas for development and the climate are intrinsically linked. Is the financing available to simultaneously achieve the targets of zero poverty and zero carbon? What legal frameworks and what incentives will facilitate the financing of zero carbon development models? These...
ID4D editorial staff
Climate change: “We cannot leave African farmers by the wayside”
Interview

Climate change: “We cannot leave African farmers by the wayside”

The newly appointed President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, takes stock of the many climate change challenges facing African farmers and agriculture.
Akinwumi Adesina
“There is no need for a revolution to address climate change”
Interview

“There is no need for a revolution to address climate change”

The aim of the NGO R20 – Regions of Climate Action , founded in 2010 by the American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, is to scale up concrete low-carbon projects at local level. This coalition is based in Geneva and was launched with support from the United Nations. It...
Christophe Nuttall
Climate change and Africa’s Infrastructure: Adapt now, but do so wisely
“The movement towards the energy transition is irreversible”
Interview

“The movement towards the energy transition is irreversible”

Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of ENGIE Group (former GDF Suez) and co-chairman of the New World Forum, organized in Paris on 9 and 10 November at the OECD, underscores the crucial role of the private sector and the diversity of solutions in order to implement the energy transition.
Gérard Mestrallet
A New Development Policy for Europe: doing more, doing better
Reducing methane emissions to limit climate change right now
Opinion

Reducing methane emissions to limit climate change right now

When we talk about climate change, we nearly always talk about carbon. Yet carbon dioxide (CO2) is not the only greenhouse gas caused by human activities. The Kyoto Protocol, for example, concerns 6 gases or families of gas. For about twenty years now, this almost exclusive focus on CO2 has...
Thibault Laconde