Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change. Energy is also essential to social and economic well-being. Yet more than 95 Million Nigerians live without electricity. The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (NREA) exists to meet this dual challenge—reduce the carbon intensity of energy while making energy available to everyone in Nigeria. Through their Rural Electrification Fund (REF) they promote, support and provide rural electrification through public and private sector participation. Catalyst, a Zurich-based digital technology and data solutions startup, has developed a powerful project management app to catalyze NREA's initiatives.
The ability to gather data about voters, hone in on specific slices of a demographic and tailor a message to constituents has been a game changer in how political campaigns are run, predicted and won. While many organizers at the local level understand that big data tools can give a particular candidate an edge, those tools have historically only been available to high-power corporations or giant political machines — but new technology and services are leveling the playing field.