Davida Wood

Davida Wood is a Senior Associate and Project Manager, Electricity Governance Initiative at the World Resources Institute. Originally from South Africa, her interest in environmental governance stems from work with a network of civil society organizations participating in the development of natural resource legislation to meet the needs of the new South Africa.

Davida has a PhD in Political Anthropology from Princeton University.

Content by Davida Wood
  • Blog post

    Improving Tanzania’s power quality: Can data help?

    For many Tanzanians, the sun sets and it’s pitch black – in fact, according to government data at least two-thirds of Tanzanians don’t have access to electricity. For those who do, many experience problems with reliability and quality of service – i.e. power cuts, and fluctuations in power supply that can damage equipment. This affects people’s daily lives and...

    25 Mar 2019 | Ben Garside, Davida Wood

  • Blog post

    Beyond a connection: Improving energy access in Indonesia with open data

    Fransiska’s business, a local bookstore in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, is frequently impacted by unpredictable electricity. Although her business is in a commercial area, the power often goes out during peak business hours. These interruptions affect her ability to run her business effectively: lights are often dim, her store gets hot because she is unable to run fans,...

    2 Jun 2017 | Davida Wood

  • Project

    Crowdsourcing to evaluate and improve electricity supply in Tanzania

    Tanzania faces energy access challenges and experiences issues with electricity unreliability in the form of frequent power deficits and blackouts. Based on 2012 figures, 6 power system blackouts caused a total outage duration of 20.3 hours. This translates to approximately 1 day of productivity and related economic losses per year. Companies and household enterprises...

    10 Nov 2016 | Ben Garside, Davida Wood, Bharath Jairaj, Sisty Basil