More than fifteen years ago, I decided to become a development professional. Since then, I have lived most of this time in developing countries and worked with governments and other stakeholders around the world in the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives, especially the poor.
Thailand is located near to the equator and we have three seasons – hot, hotter and hottest!
Climate change action is the duty of all people living on earth. We can all help deliver a climate-smart future in a number of ways including using less energy, walking or biking instead of driving, growing more trees and saving water
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.
There is an established global consensus that climate change disproportionately impacts the poor, and when the United Nations estimates that 70% of the world’s poor are women, this exceptional vulnerability of women and girls is why professionals in the climate change sphere must need to look at gender issues in their work.
As we got out of the car and started walking to a cocoa farm in Ghana’s Western Region, I was happy to see some female cocoa farmers welcoming us. What a pleasant surprise! Knowing that it is not easy for women in West Africa to own or access productive land for their own use, I was very glad to see that the Forest Investment Program – FIP – is directly benefiting them.