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Prepare to fail? Dam development in the face of rising disasters

Prepare to fail? Dam development in the face of rising disasters

By Udisha Saklani On the morning of 7th February 2021, India’s Dhauliganga Valley in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand witnessed a tragic flash flood, which was set off by a breach in the Nanda Devi glacier. As a large chunk of snow, fresh water and rocks...

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Still Wasting the Rain?

Still Wasting the Rain?

By Bill Adams Recently, I have found myself wondering how far the world of dams has changed since I began my career.  Thirty years ago, I sat down to write the book Wasting the Rain.  In it, I tried to challenge the dominant approach to large scale water development...

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Politics, power and ambition in Ethiopia’s electricity sector

Politics, power and ambition in Ethiopia’s electricity sector

By Fana Gebresenbet, Biruk Terrefe and Tom Lavers In 1991, Ethiopia had 370MW of installed electric power and 4% grid connectivity, one of the lowest rates in the world. In the 27 years of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF) rule, both of...

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New working paper: India’s development cooperation with Africa

New working paper: India’s development cooperation with Africa

A new working paper by Barnaby Dye analyses how India’s development cooperation with Africa has significantly changed. Founded after India’s independence, the country’s development cooperation programme was rhetorically framed as demand-led, non-interventionist and...

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