I live in a country where almost every one lacks access to affordable and constant electricity and to most basic social services. In fact, less than 10% of the population has access to electricity from the national grid – imagine that?
My background in mechanical engineering and product design, along with my family's roots in rural India, led me to spend a year volunteering in rural corners of India prior to graduate school. There I fell in love with micro hydro technology while taking part in an installation in a remote village in the Himalayas. I witnessed the connection between vibrant watersheds, local ingenuity, and access to clean, sustainable electricity. Since then, my focus has been to promote renewable energy solutions.
We are in Namarebo, a small village in the district of Mocuba, in the province of Zambezia, Mozambique. Observing the inherent contrasts of rich natural resources and rural poverty, we ask ourselves how can the management of these natural resources translate into improved livelihoods for the community?
It is worth reminding ourselves about some of the big wins we have seen in the effort to respond to climate change. From the global sigh of relief in 2016 when the Paris Climate Agreement -- two decades in the making -- went into force, to progress at the country-level, we have reason to be cautiously optimistic.
This StoryMap shares just seven of the climate action stories unfolding, from Africa to Asia, to Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, that can help empower a greener future for all.
Early February turned out to be a very busy time for the countries participating in the SREP – the Program for Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries – one of the four programs of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). First, representatives from over 20 SREP countries traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the SREP Pilot Countries Meeting, and then to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar for a mini-grids learning event organized jointly by the CIF and the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).
I recently found myself in a workshop on renewable energy in developing countries, which was organized by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and its Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP).
The Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) is a unique initiative of the Forest Investment Program (FIP). The DGM was designed by IPLC representatives to reflect their priorities and empower forest-dependent communities to design and implement forestry policies in line with their own interests. With the release of the DGM’s first annual report, it seems fitting to reflect on the DGM’s greatest accomplishments from its first year.
We demonstrated direct access as a viable model for climate finance
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we want to learn more about where you get your information about the CIF and climate investment in general.
I lead the Climate Investment Funds, which invests urgently needed resources in 72 developing and middle income countries with to help them manage the challenges of climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
There have been many events in 2016 which have reinforced the scale and urgency of the climate challenge: