The Smart Villages Initiative is holding an international workshop on 3 May at the Wyndham Hotel Albrook Mall to help collect and distil the knowledge and experience gathered from the last 15 months in Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop will bring together government representatives and key stakeholders to discuss the role of renewable energy for rural development of off-grid communities, reflect on existing challenges and to formulate policy recommendations for moving forward.
Workshop topics to be discussed include: renewable energy for productive use and provision of social services; lessons for sustainability; reaching “the last mile”; an integrated approach for the development of smart villages. The event will take place on May 3 in Panama City, Panama, and will be preceded by a field visit to a rural energy project on May 2.
Smart Villages aims to facilitate the analysis and exchange of knowledge between the public sector, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, based on experiences in the field of rural electrification through sustainable energy sources. A key objective is to explore the opportunities and challenges for rural energy access for off-grid communities in developing countries.
The Smart Villages core team is based in the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford of the United Kingdom, and is funded by two non-profit organisations: the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.