Publications: Briefing

  • The political economy of low carbon energy in Kenya

    Published on 3 March 2014 by Steps Admin

    Climate Compatible Development in Kenya Is it possible for Kenya to simultaneously tackle energy poverty, contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce exposure to climate vulnerability? There is growing international focus on how to support more integrated approaches to addressing climate change in ways that capture synergies and minimise the trade-offs between climate change mitigation, [...]

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  • Low carbon energy and development in low-income countries

    Published on 19 February 2014 by Rob Byrne

    This briefing summarises insights from the Low Carbon Development project. Sustainable energy technologies could contribute significantly to human development and economic growth in low-income countries. Public policy has an important role to play in fostering the markets for these technologies. This briefing summarises key policy lessons from historical research explaining the success of the market [...]

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  • Zoonoses research updates

    Published on 12 November 2013 by Melissa Leach

    The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium is bringing together natural and social scientists to understand four neglected zoonotic (passed from animal to human) diseases in five African countries: henipavirus infection in Ghana; Rift Valley fever in Kenya; Lassa fever in Sierra Leone; and trypanosomiasis in Zambia and Zimbabwe. These five research updates, one for [...]

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  • Climate change and uncertainty from below and above

    Published on 2 October 2013 by Steps Admin

    In India, as part of the Uncertainty from Below and Above project, the STEPS Centre is working with leading research institutes – the Institute of Health Management Research, Kolkata; Sarai of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; and the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat – in locations with distinctive ecological [...]

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  • Innovation Histories Workshop on the Solar Home System Market in Kenya

    Published on 18 July 2013 by Rob Byrne

    This report presents proceedings of an innovation histories workshop on the Solar Home System (SHS) Market in Kenya. The workshop was held on 3 June 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi Kenya s part of the Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Stakeholders [...]

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  • Pro-poor, low carbon development: Improving low carbon energy access and development benefits in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

    Published on 3 June 2013 by Rob Byrne

    Available in English and Kiswahili, this short, non-technical briefing outlines the aims, rationale and approach of the Low Carbon Development project. The project is a partnership between the University of Sussex (including the STEPS Centre, Sussex Energy Group and Tyndall Centre) and the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), in Kenya. Using the case study of Solar Home [...]

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  • Zoonoses: from Panic to Planning

    Published on 28 January 2013 by Melissa Leach

    This Rapid Response briefing from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium sets out recommendations for a new, integrated ‘One Health’ approach to zoonoses that moves away from top-down disease-focused intervention to putting people first. Over two thirds of all human infectious diseases have their origins in animals. The rate at which these zoonotic diseases [...]

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  • Swine flu: what went wrong?

    Published on 8 January 2013 by Steps Admin

    Although the H1N1 ‘swine flu’ pandemic of 2009-10 was less severe than anticipated, the event revealed weaknesses in the world’s current configuration of planning for and responding to pandemic influenza, according to new research outlined in this briefing. Science, public health policy makers and people worldwide were confounded by the uncertainty, complexity and politics inherent [...]

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  • Veterinary science, transboundary animal diseases and markets: pathways for policy in Namibia

    Published on 19 December 2011 by Steps Admin

    The beef industry in southern Africa has been a stalwart of economic development, but new conditions of trade, market access and disease dynamics, particularly of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), mean a major rethink is required. Our research addresses key policy options to allow southern Africa to benefit from the global ‘livestock revolution’. It explores what options [...]

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  • Workshop highlights: Transboundary animal diseases and market access: the future of beef marketing in southern Africa

    Published on by Steps Admin

    (French version / en français) Cooperation, innovation and diversification are the keys to a bright future for the red meat industry in southern Africa. This was the message emerging from a workshop “Transboundary animal diseases and market access: the future of beef marketing in southern Africa” that was held in Pretoria, South Africa from 7 [...]

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