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

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 remains a problem across sub-Saharan Africa. The latest data from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys, show that 76.2% of firms in the region still experience electrical outages, on average 8.3 times a month. This has forced over half the firms in sub-Saharan Africa into owning … Continue reading Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

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 … Continue reading Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy

What have the Lib Dems ever done for Britain?

By Imaduddin Ahmed | Tue 26th November 2019 – 8:35 am What besides leading the campaign against Brexit have the Lib Dems ever done for Britain? John Stuart Mill, a Liberal MP, was the second of his House to call for women’s … Continue reading What have the Lib Dems ever done for Britain?

The Continuing Story of Brexit

Interviews with Trialeti TV & Through the News Oct 22, 2019 | Irina | Through the News “Trick or treat?” might be the classic Halloween question but on October 31, 2019 the festivities are expected to take a different turn at least in one place in the world – in the United Kingdom the big question this Halloween is “Deal or no deal?” as Brexit, the 3-year-long process of leaving the EU is officially set to happen on that day. Or so it is said in the papers. In reality, Brexit of today is a political mess which too many … Continue reading The Continuing Story of Brexit