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Kandeh K. Yumkella

Kandeh K. Yumkella

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Kandeh K. Yumkella, a member of Sierra Leone’s Parliament, is Founder and CEO of the Energy Nexus Network. He is a former United Nations under-secretary-general and chair of UN-Energy and a former CEO and a special representative of the secretary-general for Sustainable Energy for All.

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  1. Death by Dirty Cooking
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    Death by Dirty Cooking

    Nov 4, 2019 Kandeh K. Yumkella notes that household air pollution, caused by use of antiquated fuels, kills 4.3 million people per year.

  2. Energy, Employment, and Migration in Africa
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    Energy, Employment, and Migration in Africa

    Sep 16, 2019 Kandeh K. Yumkella argues that investment in distributed renewables could fill a lage part of the continent's jobs deficit.

  3. The Energy Internet

    The Energy Internet

    Jan 27, 2014 Kandeh K. Yumkella proposes three coalitions that could catalyze the Third Industrial Revolution.

  4. The Power of the Prize
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    The Power of the Prize

    Jun 11, 2013 Kandeh K. Yumkella on how the promise of reward stimulates innovation.

  5. Power and Progress
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    Power and Progress

    Jun 18, 2012 Helge Lund & Kandeh K. Yumkella

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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence

    A 2022 book argues that the only effective responses to government or market deficiencies come from civil society. When society is “malfunctioning” – for example, owing to deep polarization or fragmentation – that response mechanism is disrupted, and can even stop working altogether.

    considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

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