Tom Wallace

Tom Wallace
Tom Wallace is a member of policy team and started working for ONE in September 2010. He has a background in the links between human development and environmental concerns and came to ONE after finishing a masters in environmental policy. Tom assists ONE’s policy team across a wide variety of topics and has a specific focus on energy, governance and politics.

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Africa Clean Energy Corridor: Harnessing Africa’s renewable potential

Africa Clean Energy Corridor: Harnessing Africa’s renewable potential

Energy ministers and delegates from 19 African countries met in Abu Dhabi last week to commit to the creation of an ambitious initiative: the Africa Clean Energy Corridor. The corridor, an interconnected, prominently renewable energy-powered electricity grid, will span eastern Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town and will seek to......
How the World Bank is changing to achieve the end of poverty by 2030

How the World Bank is changing to achieve the end of poverty by 2030

“The fact that more than a billion people live on less than a $1.25 a day in 2013 is a stain on our moral conscience. We must help lift people out of poverty without delay, without prejudice, no matter the circumstance, no matter the locale.” World Bank President Jim Kim, Oct. 1, 2013. As the largest global multilateral d...
What does having access to modern energy mean to you?

What does having access to modern energy mean to you?

In my writings, I often mention how many people don’t have access to electricity or modern clean cooking facilities and I say this is a terrible thing. But the real question is WHY? Why is it so terrible not to have access to electricity or modern forms of energy?
It is possible: Terrific Thailand

It is possible: Terrific Thailand

Notwithstanding its popularity as tourist destination Thailand has achieved steady economic growth over the last decade largely due to industrial and agriculture exports. These exports are mostly electronics, agricultural commodities and processed foods - the production of which is heavily reliant on electricity. However, 30 ...
Why we need to prioritize global energy access. And how to do it.

Why we need to prioritize global energy access. And how to do it.

Tom Wallace, ONE’s policy associate based in the UK, reports on what advances need to be made in the eradication of energy poverty. In 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and tackle some of the biggest development challenges with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Tha......
A vow to eradicate energy poverty

A vow to eradicate energy poverty

Regular readers of the ONE blog will be aware that well over 500 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have any access to electricity.  This situation has huge economic and social implications for the continent: it restricts education and life-saving healthcare provision, limits business growth and leads to regression ......

What makes you angry?

Many things in our modern lives make us angry: long lines at the supermarket, missing the last bus, traffic jams, difficult-to-open packaging. Sometimes though, it’s worth taking stock and considering something we should be really angry about: energy poverty. Yesterday I was at the launch of the International Energy Agenc......
Improving infrastructure spending to fight poverty!

Improving infrastructure spending to fight poverty!

The provision of a $2 vaccine to save a child’s life for many is an important and obvious thing to support. But sometimes what is less obvious in saving that child’s life is how important the road is that was used to deliver the vaccine, or the electricity that powered the fridge to store the…...

Interview: Expanding energy access to fight extreme poverty (Part 2)

In the second of two short videos, Richenda Van Leeuwen, executive director of Energy and Climate at the United Nations Foundation, discusses what the private sector, governments and civil society can do in 2012 to tackle energy poverty. I had a chance to interview her during the the recent 2012 Ashden Conference on Sustainab......

Interview: Why energy is important for development (Part 1)

The recent 2012 Ashden Conference on Sustainable Solution for Better Lives had a focus on energy solutions and was chaired by Richenda Van Leeuwen, executive director of Energy and Climate at the United Nations Foundation. Ms. Van Leeuwen is an international energy expert with more than 20 years of experience and has a partic......
Keeping it positive: Rio+20 makes progress on energy access

Keeping it positive: Rio+20 makes progress on energy access

Unfortunately, there is little denying the failure in international leadership at the UN Convention on Sustainable Development, otherwise known as Rio+20. In a world of rising inequality and unsustainable pressure on our planet’s natural resources — both of which are undermining economic growth and poverty alleviation......
US gives support for Sustainable Energy for All

US gives support for Sustainable Energy for All

Yesterday, the US State Department gave its support to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative. The initiative seeks to mobilize support and action for the goal of providing universal modern energy access by 2030 as well as doubling the share of renewables in the global mix and doub......
Rio+20: How to provide electricity to 1.3 billion people

Rio+20: How to provide electricity to 1.3 billion people

Yesterday at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the United Nations Foundation released the Energy Access Practitioner Network report: Towards Achieving Universal Energy Access by 2030, a set of recommendations based on international on-the-ground experience to provide electricity to the 1.3 billi......