Presenting on & moderating a panel on hydropower

Not only are there emissions associated with the construction and decommissioning of hydropower plants and the destruction of carbon sinks, not only are there emissions associated with the methane released from hydrodam reservoirs, but there’s now also backup diesel generation that we need to take into account when hydropower from reservoir lakes fails as a baseload source of energy.

Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday

Ever the military mind, Paddy Ashdown saw climate change playing a hand in resource wars, and saw the Syrian refugee crisis, caused by climate change and lack of water, as the beginning of a worrying trend.

He wanted to see us in less climate-affected nations to accept more climate-displaced people in line with standards of humanity and decency.

My upcoming book

“Imad Ahmed has written a fascinating and meticulously researched book on Zambia, which details the various challenges posed by hydroelectric power. This book is a must-read for all interested in Zambia and energy policy in the developing world.”

Explaining Rwanda’s prioritisation of rural electrification over rural clean drinking water through institutional path dependency

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier Volume 54, September 2020, Pages 186-201https://doi.org/10.1016/j.strueco.2020.05.001 Highlights • Rural electrification as an economic asset had not been questioned until 2017; • Categorisation of potable water as an amenity persists; • The World Bank pursues a path dependent approach to rural development; • This has been uncritically perpetuated to different…

How to stop deforestation

By Imaduddin Ahmed | Thu 7th May 2020 The Liberal International British Group together with the Paddy Ashdown Forum organised a webinar on 27 April 2020 hosted by BrightTALK on how to stop deforestation. 428 people registered for the event from around the world. The aim of the discussion was to learn how to stop deforestation in…

Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

International Growth Centre blogs Shivani Haria and Imaduddin Ahmed | 1 April, 2020 Zambia’s state-owned power utility company, ZESCO, is consistently struggling to meet demand, plunging Zambia into one electricity crisis after another. The Government of Zambia’s acceptance of ZESCO’s application to increase tariffs is a step in the right direction. Access to reliable power…

Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy

With one hand, our government gives, and the other, it takes. The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto calls for a presumption of denial of arms exports to human rights priority countries; British arms sales to Saudi Arabia contributed to the killing of 85,000 Yemeni children & endangerment of 12.3M. Just aired on BBC Asian Network trying to…