Tag Archives: entrepreneurship

Making an impact with clean tech in Tanzania

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Jodie Wu CEO & Founder at Global Cycle Solutions “New products need to be used and experienced and taught” When Jodie Wu was still an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she invented a simple device that let farmers use a bicycle to shell corn. The mechanism allowed rural farmers to… […]

Women’s entrepreneurship: Ending energy poverty

Wednesday December 14th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Simbo Sojinrin Solar Sister Nigeria Country Manager Location: Nigeria “f you look at what constitutes energy poverty and how it affects society, you see women are far more affected by it”. Solar is one abundant source of energy that offers a bright future for African communities. Another is the abundant energy of empowered… […]

One angel investor on launching 10 off-grid companies—and what it takes to be successful

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Andrew Reicher Angel investor in off-grid energy companies Location: UK and across rural Africa “I do not measure impact. I know it when I see it”. For more than a decade, Andrew Reicher worked for large financial firms aiming to encourage economic development in some of the world’s poorest corners. Again and again,… […]

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…. […]

For Tanzania’s Chololo Ecovillage, a focus on education makes investment go further

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Michael Farrelly Chololo Ecovillage Location: Tanzania “If 70 percent of your population is dependent on rain-fed agriculture, then climate change is a big issue”. With a masters degree in rural development, Michael Farrelly has brought a knowledge of participatory research methods to the Chololo Ecovillage. By offering villagers a wide range of climate-resilient techniques to… […]

Off-grid 92 – Musk’s Master Plan Promises Solar for All

Thursday July 28th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Sign up here to receive this weekly bulletin straight to your inbox once a week. You will additionally receive updates on new reports, policy briefs and infographics published by Smart Villages.   According to the Energetic Policy drafted on 2015 by the Government of Chile, the biggest goal is to achieve sustainable, inclusive and competitive… […]

Off-grid 91 – Modern Off-grid Lighting Could Create 2 Mn New Jobs in Developing World

Thursday July 21st, 2016 - Smart Villages

  Sign up here to receive this weekly bulletin straight to your inbox once a week. You will additionally receive updates on new reports, policy briefs and infographics published by Smart Villages. From 22-23 September 2016, Smart Villages and ICRISAT will hold a workshop on energy and agriculture in Patancheru, Telangana, India. If you would… […]

Energy and agriculture in Smart Villages in India

Wednesday July 20th, 2016 - Smart Villages

            From 22-23 September 2016, Smart Villages and ICRISAT will hold a workshop on energy and agriculture in Patancheru, Telangana, India. The workshop will bring together experts from the domains of research, entrepreneurship, gender, ICT, business, finance, policymaking, and non-profit work to discuss the linkages between energy, agriculture and climate… […]

Off-grid 90 – Conditions are Right for Off-grid Electrification of Africa

Thursday July 14th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Sign up here to receive this weekly bulletin straight to your inbox once a week. You will additionally receive updates on new reports, policy briefs and infographics published by Smart Villages. A new brief from the IIED has argued that achieving energy access for everyone requires more and better targeted investment. The paper asks what… […]