Why men should engage in clean cooking decision-making

In the heart of Arusha, Tanzania, something transformative was brewing. Minds from Eastern African governmental agencies and researchers converged for a week-long workshop on the practicalities of clean cooking. The air was filled with anticipation, for it was not just about discussing solutions; it was about catalyzing change.

| Energy | Chile, Kenya

What impact did the Russian-Ukrainian war have on energy and food security in urban sub-Saharan Africa in 2022?

With the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2022, energy markets became highly volatile due to sanctions and oil embargos placed on Russia by Western countries. As a result, the price of food and energy increased worldwide due to supply chain disruptions. It seems probable that this caused a substantial rise in the number of households experiencing energy and food security globally.

| Gender | India

Claudia Goldin’s Nobel Prize winning research

On Sunday, December 12, Claudia Goldin was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her work on women’s progress in the workforce. In this piece, Farzana Afridi reflects on the significance of Goldin’s win and the contribution of her research to understanding the gender dynamics of labour markets. She also delves into the implications of this research for developing countries like India, where female labour force participation has remained low despite economic growth, and why this matters for economic growth.

If we miss the context policies may be toothless

Around the world, governments are fighting poverty, environmental degradation, and many other deprivations. Despite lacking resources and limited capacity, they have no choice but to try. Numerous policies and interventions are published every year: subsidies, promotion, social mobilization, and so on. Each policy looks great in writing, but many of them do not move at all. Hardly anyone in government can even answer how many such policies exist. These policies are adapted for the sake of satisfying populism or to show progress.

| Policy Design, Waste | Central America

Every choice counts: Changing our consumption and production patterns

From an individual perspective, climate change may be perceived as distant or difficult to understand. Its influence is likely to be restricted to conversations about changes in the climate, such as variations in temperature, rainfall patterns, or shifts in the timing of the seasons. However, in seemingly simple choices, such as the selection of food, the clothes we wear, or the means of transportation we use, we rarely pay enough attention to fully understand the environmental impact that such decisions can have. 

| Climate Change, Policy Design, Urban | India

Effects of climate shocks on sectoral inequality

Over the last three decades, agricultural and industrial sector workers have suffered consumption losses due to temperature rise while those in the services sector saw consumption increases. This article discusses the broad range of impacts of climate change across sectors and highlights the stark rise in inequality of household consumption due to increased temperature variability. It emphasises the need for social protection schemes, and data on the economic impacts of climate change to aid the design of adaptation policies.