Egypt Embraces Wind Energy to Reduce Oil Dependence
"Egypt plans to introduce a feed-in-tariff law by 2012, which has the potential to create a competitive market and would guarantee that all sources of renewable energy will be competitive with traditional sources of energy. Thus with the government offering electricity generated by renewable sources at a reduced rate, there is potential for electricity to reach poor rural populations....
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, May 2011, page 5-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_May2011.pdf#page=5
“Middle East largest wind turbine comes online in Abu Dabi”, Ameinfo Online. 20 January 2008. http://www.ameinfo.com/144256.html
Global Wind Energy Council
“A gust of wind energy in Egypt”, Egyptian Wind Energy Association. 14 July, 2010. http://www.ewindea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126:a-gust-of-wind- energy-in-egypt&catid=41:wind-industry&Itemid=68
“Manufacture Wind turbine components in Egypt”, How We Made It in Africa, 26 July, 2010. http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/manufacture-wind-turbine-components-in-egypt/155/
African Development Bank's alternative capital caught in crossfire
"The 2010 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AFDB) Group opened on Thursday, 27 May 2010 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The meeting brought over 2000 delegates together in the city of Abidjan, which remains the institution's statutory Headquarters, though the Bank was forced to temporarily relocate to Tunis, Tunisia following outbreaks of violent in Cote d'Ivoire. The meeting had in attendance Governors representing 53 African and 24 non-African shareholders.
Sources:Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, Jun 2010, pg 10:
Election Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
The global north has in the last decade clung to elections, free and fair elections, as the number one marker of democratic progress. Problems however arise when categorizing an election as fair, and what happens when the fairly elected leader leads by patronage (that is placing the interests of his or her tribe or clan above everyone else's)?
Sources:Center for Democracy and Development, Nov. 2010 pgs. 4-5:
Ripe for Resolution: Conflict and Intervention in Africa by William Zartman