Off the beaten path: rural energy & remoteness

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Far-flung islands in the South Pacific and treacherous terrain in the Himalayas: both pose enormous challenges for rural development and energy. In this webinar, we’ll gather experts who will tell stories about their experiences working in remote areas where energy access is limited or almost non-existent – and what they are doing to promote access.

What common challenges have they faced, and what solutions are they finding for energy in remote areas? How can these remote, “last mile” villages become places where people have full access to education, health, technology, and livelihoods? What can policymakers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and civil society do to make this a reality?

Our webinar series is a little different: each expert will speak for less than 10 minutes and will focus on their on-the-ground experience using photos to tell their story.

We will also use the recent Smart Villages policy brief on islands and energy to help focus the discussion. This will be shared with webinar participants beforehand.


  • Australia / South Pacific: Julia McDonald, Senior Engineer, IT Power Renewable Energy Consulting
  • India / Himalayas: Paras Loomba, Expedition Leader, Global Himalayan Expedition
  • Malawi: Collen Zalengera, Head of Department of Energy Studies, Lecturer of Renewable Energy Technologies, Mzuzu University
  • Nepal: Ben Campbell, Degree Director, MSc Sustainability, Culture and Development, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham
  • Vanuatu / South Pacific: Stewart Craine, Managing Director of VIA – Village Infrastructure Angels

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