Category: Policy Briefs

These are all the policy briefs produced by the original 2014-2017 Smart Villages Initiative. They present succinct outcomes and recommendations from Smart Villages workshops and dialogue sessions for policymakers. All are freely downloadable from our website.    

Smart Villages “Pocket Guide” to rural energy & development

We’re pleased to share with you the new Smart Villages “pocket guide” to rural energy and development! This pocket guide is intended as a quick reference to off-grid technologies, policies, and impacts – including stories of successful village energy projects from across the global south. For remote off-grid villages, local solutions are often both more …

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BR28: Off-grid Energy for Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean – Policy Recommendations

The Smart Villages Initiative organised a workshop in Panama City on 2-3 May 2017 to discuss the challenges of, and opportunities for, rural electrification in Latin America. The workshop was the conclusion of the Smart Villages Initiative’s engagement activities in the region and brought together significant actors in rural electrification with the aim of jointly developing recommendations to …

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BR27: Energy access in Nicaragua – financial mechanisms and energy policies

Nicaragua’s energy sector is facing one of the most important challenges of its history in terms energy infrastructure development and electricity access. As a result of substantial investments in grid extension and strengthening of distribution and transmission systems, official figures indicate that electrification rates increased from 47 percent in 2002 to 80 percent in 2014. …

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BR26: Energy access in West Africa – Policy Recommendations

A high percentage of the West African population lives in remote rural areas without access to modern energy services. Clean energy mini-grids (CEMGs) have been identified as essential to helping achieve universal electricity access in the region and they feature as important parts of national targets and renewable energy action plans for all ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) countries. It is estimated that mini-grids …

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BR25: Concluding workshop for Smart Villages engagement programmes in South and Southeast Asia – Policy Recommendations

The Smart Villages Initiative concluded its regional engagement in South and Southeast Asia with a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2017. The workshop was jointly organised with the Global Young Academy (GYA), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and the National Science Museum (NSM) of Thailand. From 7 to 9 March 2017, the workshop brought together 43 key stakeholders representing …

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BR24: Rural Energy Access Planning in Togo – Policy Brief

As the world moves towards 2030, the deadline for achieving the targets of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, it is important to review the achievements of the past years and readjust our path to meet the goal. For this reason, Practical Action together with the Smart Villages Initiative held a one-day regional workshop …

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BR23: Building rural resilience to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean through smart villages

The resilience of rural communities to natural disasters and other shocks is an important issue for rural villages; hard-won development gains can all too readily be lost through natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and floods. This is particular so for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean which are at risk from a …

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[:en]BR21: Sustainable energy sources for rural development and climatic resilience of off-grid communities in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico[:es]BR21: Taller regional: Fuentes de energía sostenible para el desarrollo rural y la resiliencia climática de comunidades sin conexión a la red en Centroamérica, el Caribe y México[:fr]BR21: Atelier régional : Les sources d’énergie renouvelable à l’appui du développement rural et de la résilience climatique des populations hors réseau d’Amérique centrale, des Caraïbes et du Mexique[:]

[:en]The Smart Villages Initiative together with the National Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic held a workshop on 16-18 November 2016 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to discuss the challenges to, and op-portunities for, the provision of clean energy services to rural communities in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. The workshop explored the …

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[:en]BR20: Findings from the workshop on energy and agriculture for smart villages in India[:fr]BR20: Résultats de l’atelier sur l’énergie et l’agriculture pour les villages indiens connectés[:]

[:en]Agriculture continues to be central to the lives and economies of rural communities in India. Many of those communities have little or no access to modern energy services. These realities motivated the holding of the workshop “Energy and agriculture for smart villages in India” in September 2016 at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru, Telangana, India. The workshop …

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[:en]BR19: The water-energy-food nexus in West Africa[:fr]BR19: L’interconnexion entre l’eau, l’énergie et l’alimentation en Afrique de l’Ouest[:]

[:en]Water, energy, and food are the building blocks of life. Access to these resources is necessary for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. There is increasing realisation that these resource systems cannot be looked at in isolation and that they are interrelated. There is an urgent need to look at these systems as part of a nexus. Despite this realisation, there is limited understanding of what …

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BR18: Findings from the Bangalore Forward Look Workshop on mini-grid technologies for India

The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) together with the Smart Villages Initiative held a workshop in July 2016 focused on mini-grid energy generation, storage, and transmission technologies in India and how they will be implemented. The workshop was held at the IISc campus in Bangalore and brought together academics, students, policymakers, business people, and NGO practitioners interested in sustainable energy and rural electrification.

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[:en]BR17: The energy and water nexus for off-grid communities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia[:fr]BR17: L’interconnexion entre l’énergie et l’eau des populations hors réseau aux Philippines et en Asie du Sud-Est[:es]BR17: El nexo entre energía y agua en comunidades sin conexión a la red en las Filipinas y el sudeste de Asia[:]

[:en]The Smart Villages Initiative together with the Philippines Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS) held a workshop in Burgos, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines to discuss issues relating to the nexus of energy, water, and food in rural off-grid communities in Southeast Asia on 1-3 June 2016. Expert participants were brought together from the water, …

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[:en]BR16: Findings from the Smart Villages West Africa regional workshop[:fr]BR16: Conclusions de l’atelier régional ouest-africain de Smart Villages[:es]BR16: Hallazgos del Taller Regional de África Occidental de Smart Villages[:]

[:en]There is substantial potential across West Africa to develop renewable energy resources for electricity generation. Despite the potential, a substantial portion of the population across the region remains without access to electricity. For cooking, a large majority of the population remains dependent on using biomass as the basic fuel in rudimentary cook stoves to meet …

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[:en]BR15: Findings from the Workshop on Frontier Energy Storage Technologies[:fr]BR15: Résultats concernant l’atelier sur les technologies de stockage énergétique de pointe[:]

[:en]The University of Edinburgh together with the Smart Villages Initiative held a workshop at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 11 May 2016. The workshop brought together 27 social and physical scientists, industry representatives and entrepreneurs, energy and international development policy makers, and practitioners. The workshop provided an overview of new insights and research …

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[:en]BR14: Findings from the workshop on sustainable energy sources for off-grid communities in Bolivia[:es]BR14: Resultados del taller sobre Fuentes de Energía Sostenible para comunidades en Bolivia que no tienen conexión a la red[:fr]BR14: Résultats de l’atelier sur les sources d’énergie renouvelable pour les populations hors réseau de Bolivie[:]

[:en]2.5 million people in Bolivia live without a clean and sustainable energy source, and rely on diesel, kerosene, and candles for lighting. Many of them live in remote rural communities. The Political Constitution of Bolivia establishes that access to electricity is a citizen’s right, and the country aims to be fully electrified by 2025. To examine the opportunities and challenges of achieving universal energy access in …

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[:en]BR13: Smart Villages and resilience to natural disasters[:fr]BR13: Les villages intelligents et la résilience aux catastrophes naturelles[:es]BR13: Smart Villages y resiliencia a desastres naturales[:]

[:en]In smart villages, energy access together with other key components of infrastructure can accelerate the development of education and healthcare services, provision of clean water and sanitation, availability of nutritious food, and the establishment of productive enterprises. Underpinned by technological advances, such developments provide substantial improvements in well-being and life opportunities, and a choice between …

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[:en]BR12: Sustainable dissemination of improved cookstoves: Lessons from Southeast Asia[:es]BR12: Diseminación sostenible de cocinas mejoradas: Lecciones del sudeste de Asia[:fr]BR12: Dissémination durable de fourneaux améliorés : leçons d’Asie du Sud-Est[:]

[:en]More than half of the population in Southeast Asia continues to depend primarily on biomass as fuel in inefficient cookstoves to meet their cooking needs. The majority of those using biomass are based in rural areas. In view of this high level of dependence on biomass, various countries in the region have launched improved cookstove …

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[:en]BR11: Off-grid energy in remote communities: Lessons from South America[:es]BR11: Energía sin conexión a la red en comunidades remotas: Lecciones de América del Sur[:fr]BR11: L’énergie hors réseau dans les villages isolés : leçons d’Amérique du Sud[:]

[:en]South American countries have made significant progress in energy access, but more than 30 million people (around 7% of the population) continue to live without electricity. While energy access levels are much higher than in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the communities remaining without electricity typically live in particularly remote locations, in the mountains or …

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[:en]BR10: Findings from the Indonesian Smart Villages Workshop on Energy for Islands[:es]BR10: Resultados del taller de aldeas inteligentes en Indonesia sobre energía para Islas[:fr]BR10: Résultats de l’atelier indonésien Smart Villages sur l’énergie pour les îles[:]

[:en]The Smart Villages Initiative together with its local partner, Kopernik, held a workshop on Bunaken Island, Sulawesi in Indonesia, in November 2015 to discuss off-grid energy systems in remote island communities in Southeast Asia. The workshop focused on the barriers and circumstances of rural energy access that are unique to small island communities, drawing inspiration …

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[:en]BR9: Enabling frameworks for deploying micro-grids: Lessons from Pakistan[:es]BR9: Marcos favorables para la implementación de micro-redes: Lecciones de Pakistán[:fr]BR9: Favoriser les cadres de déploiement des micro-réseaux : Leçons du Pakistan[:]

[:en]The Smart Villages Initiative, supported by the Rural Support Programmes Network, Pakistan organised a workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan on 6 October 2015 to consider Pakistan’s experience of developing enabling frameworks for the dissemination of micro-grids. This briefing note for policymakers and other stakeholders summarises key points emerging from the workshop.[:es]La Iniciativa Aldeas Inteligentes, con el …

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