From about 2007 to 2010, I had the pleasure of working with Beth Rhyne and David Levaï of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION. We explored the ways that pro-poor finance could help people gain access to clean energy. 
We learned a huge amount, and started some initiatives that are still going on, and it’s one of the things I’ve done in my life where I can say for sure that we made a differece. As part of Energy Links, I produced a series of fifteen Podcasts on clean energy and microfinance. The podcasts, available through ACCION’s website and on iTunes, got thousands of hits, and several times I heard about connections that had been made through the podcasts - clean energy companies got in touch with microfinance institutions and vice versa. The particular business of selling solar lamps through savings groups has caught on in Africa, and many implementors realize that this is a perfect fit - done right, it can strengthen the group, build the private sector, motivate volunteer trainers, and help clean up indoor air.
Unfortunately, a couple of months ago the podcasts disappeared from iTunes, and everywhere else. Then out of the blue I got a mail from someone who was trying to find them. Okay, I said, I’ll handle that. So I posted nine of the most relevant and current podcasts on this site. I hope you enjoy them - and I’ll be delighted to see your comments.  
Paul Rippey

 

Saturday
Sep082012

Gaurav Gupta of the The Climate Project India

Gaurav Gupta of the The Climate Project India talks about the importance of decentralizing energy production, in part so that one can decentralize corruption! Very thoughtful remarks. Music by Big Little Dipper Dipper.

Gaurav Gupta

Saturday
Sep082012

Dipal Barua, Bright Green Energy Foundation

Dipal Barua, talks about his experience as Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, and as former Deputy Managing Director of Grameen Bank, and shares the vision of the Bright Green Energy Foundation.

Dipal Barua Bright Green Energy Foundation

Saturday
Sep082012

Potnis Nachiket, Executive Director of ARTI-Tanzania

This is an interview with Mr. Potnis Nachiket, Executive Director of ARTI-Tanzania.

Potnis Nachiket, Executive Director of ARTI-Tanzania

Saturday
Sep082012

Energy Links Podcast - interview with Felistus Coutinho, of Tujujenge Tanzania

This is an interview with Felistus Coutinho, Managing Director of Tujujenge Tanzania

Felistus Coutinho

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