Tag Archives: Access to Energy

Amit Saraogi, Co-founder and CEO, Oorja

Wednesday May 31st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Location: Delhi, India “200 million tonnes of waste is generated in India, with no competing uses for it and low prices” Amit Saraogi spent part of his childhood in Uttar Pradesh, playing amidst the rice fields where his family harvested rice paddy to be processed in their mills. He comes from the largest, most densely populated state in… […]

Off-grid 95 – Are the messages getting through?

Tuesday August 30th, 2016 - Smart Villages

  View this email in a browser               Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Sometimes you wonder if politicians and the public realise the enormity of the renewable energy revolution.This week I have… […]

Off-grid 94 – Rural electrification still hampered by grid extension dogma

Thursday August 11th, 2016 - Smart Villages

    View this email in a browser Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Sir or Madam, The good news this week is that several African and Asian governments are again starting to draw up rural electrification strategies…. […]

Off-grid 93 – solar shows no signs of fading

Tuesday August 9th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Short URL   Sign up here to receive this weekly bulletin straight to your inbox once a week. You will additionally receive updates on new Smart Villages reports, policy briefs and events.   View this email in a browser Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers…. […]

No one left behind: Smart Villages / EASAC at European Development Days 2016

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) held a debate session, “Can energy access alone end poverty?” as part of European Development Days (EDD). EDD is organised by the European Commission and “brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships… […]

What makes village “smart”?

1.3 people in the world still lack access to electricity, and at least 3 billion people are still cooking on dangerous and inefficient cookstoves that create dangerous conditions inside homes. We’re trying to understand how the lives of people in rural villages in developing countries can be improved… In this video, Smart Villages asked experts… […]

Terrat, Tanzania: A “smart village”

In this village, you’ll learn about Terrat, a village in northern Tanzania. In an effort to help Maasai learn about their land rights, Martin Saning’o Kariongi sought to create a radio station. But to do this, he knew he had to find a sustainable and reliable source of energy to power it. As the work… […]

Energy and ICT for educational inclusion in Latin America

Thursday July 21st, 2016 - Javier González Díaz

Although Latin America has experienced a successful decade of reduction in poverty and inequality, it continues to be the most unequal region in the world1. The persistence of high levels of social injustice is not accidental: its profound structural causes are rooted in unfair political, economic and social institutional frameworks, which have been shaped throughout… […]

In Nigeria, a young entrepreneur sees mini-grids as rural energy’s future

Thursday July 14th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Ifeanyi B. Orajaka Managing Director / CEO Green Village Electricity Projects Ltd. Location: Nigeria “When everything else crumbles, it’s your integrity that will be able to pull you up again” Ifeanyi B. Orajaka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical / Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. He has vast experience… […]

How electricity changed our lives

- Michael J. Ssali

There is a kerosene lamp known in the Luganda language as tadooba. It burns like a candle and it gives off thick dark smoke that slowly causes a black coating on the roof of the house, the walls, the furniture and other household items. It is the commonest type of lamp used in poor homesteads… […]