Hundreds of millions of indigenous women and men throughout the world manage their forests and crops sustainably, and in this way contribute to the sequestration of greenhouse gases. However, maintaining control over their land and forests in the face of colonial and corporate attempts to nationalise or privatise them has been a historic struggle.

India is witnessing an increasing demand for energy in its rapidly expanding economy and is making large investments in exploration, fuel production, generation, transmission and distribution of power and in setting up a grid infrastructure.

PREDAS is a regional programme to promote household and alternative energies in the Sahel. The programme is implemented by the permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) with support from the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany.

This article discusses the extent to which the arrival of electricity in Islamic rural Zanzibar has empowered women. Electricity carries a potential for women