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AFRONOMICS: Africa’s Pulse Spring Edition Part 2: Access to Energy in Africa

"How can technology and innovation help to address the access to energy in African countries?"

Part Two of our discussion on Africa’s Pulse focusses on how African countries can improve access to electricity to accelerate progress in developme...view more

About the Presenters

Michael A. Toman

Research Manager, Sustainable Development, Development Research Group

Michael Toman (Mike) is Lead Economist on Climate Change in the Development Research Group and Manager of the Energy and Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development Teams. His current research interests include alternative energy resources, policies for responding to risks of climate change catastrophes, timing of investments for greenhouse gas reduction, and mechanisms for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation. During his career Mike has done extensive research on climate change economics and policy, energy markets and policy, environmental policy instruments, and approaches to achieving sustainable development. Prior to joining the World Bank in fall 2008, he held senior analytical and management positions at RAND Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Resources for the Future. His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the School of the Environment, University of California at Santa Barbara. Mike has a B.A. from Indiana University, a M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Brown University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Rochester.

Moussa Pouguinimpo Blimpo

Sr. Economist, Africa

Moussa P. Blimpo is currently a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region (AFRCE) at the World Bank. Before this position, he was an Assistant Professor of economics and international studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research interest covers on a range of policy-relevant questions on African economies. His recent research and publications cover the issues on electricity access in Sub-Sharan Africa, the role of disruptive technologies on the prospects of Africa economies to leapfrog and address key development challenges, and human capital acquisition in African countries. Moussa holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). He founded, and led between 2011 and 2015, the Center for Research and Opinion Polls (CROP), a think tank based in Togo.

Join the Discussion

Vedat Bobby

- Jul 26, 2019
Good knowledge

Monir

- Jul 4, 2019
Availability and affordability of electricity will accelerate development movement in Africa.

LUKANGA

- Jun 29, 2019
Educative

Waqar Aamir

- Jun 28, 2019
Great

Ki

- Jun 26, 2019
interesting!
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