Undercurrents: Sustainable Energy for Refugees, and Australian Foreign Policy

In this episode, Agnes speaks to Owen Grafham about providing universal energy access to refugees, while Ben discusses Australian foreign policy with Richard McGregor.

Audio Published 10 August 2018 Updated 5 October 2020 44 minute listen

Agnes Frimston

Deputy Editor, The World Today

The average refugee camp has a lifespan of 18 years, but in most cases the infrastructure in place is designed for temporary emergency responses. One area this particularly affects is energy provision, with the majority of refugees reliant on burning wood. On top of this, many humanitarian agencies are dependent upon costly and damaging diesel fuel to power their relief efforts.

The Moving Energy Initiative at Chatham House believes that renewable energy solutions can improve the health and quality of life of refugees while also saving money for the aid providers. Agnes speaks to Owen Grafham, who manages the initiative, to find out more.

Also in this episode, Ben meets Richard McGregor, a senior research fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Affairs in Sydney, to discuss Australia’s foreign policy in the midst of the Sino-US struggle for supremacy in Asia.

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Read more on Asian geopolitics: Publications by Richard McGregor