Newsletter December 2019: Energy for Development

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The newsletter ‘Energy for Development ‘headlines with why the Business Opportunities Fair (BOF) with a focus on climate-smart energy was a success for Dutch company BladeRunner Energy. The BOF was co-hosted by the World Bank Group Liaison officers took place in Washington, D.C. | October 29-31. BladeRunner did not have any previous experience with the World Bank Group or any other IFI before having attended this event, which had over 160 participants from around the world. At the end of the 2.5-day program BladeRunner Energy CEO Paul Vosbeek left with a stack of business cards, new potential investors/partners and a comprehensive plan on how to approach not only the World Bank Group but also other IFIs. For those who were not able to attend we have shared a Business Opportunities Fair recap as well as the presentations.

Technology is playing a bigger part in agriculture as we progress as a global economy to provide food for all and reduce waste. Satellites in support of smallholder farming is one such example. Can satellite based earth observation technology also benefit smallholder farmers, who typically farm on land that is smaller than 2 hectares? How does it fit in with the daily reality of a smallholder farmer, who often has little information at hand, and limited access to tractors and inputs such as water, fertilizer, seeds, and pesticides? These are some of the questions answered in this article.

The Netherlands pledged $100 million to the Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), with the Netherlands also announcing $20 million for the Bank planned Clean Cooking Fund. The program is expected to help middle-income and developing countries increase their use of renewables, particularly wind and solar power, improve energy security, increase grid stability and expand access to electricity. The article continues with details on what the specific goals and risk.

In the last month two, very important reports were published the Doing Business 2020 and World Development report 2020. Both reports are used as guiding documents to determine future policy of World Bank Group member countries.

The top blog posts, upcoming events and most recent tenders are as always rounding off the newsletter.

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