Tag Archives: Off-grid energy

Profile: Prince Monsekea, PayGo Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Friday June 23rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Prince Monsekea is the Head of Solar at Paygo Ventures, where he is in charge of product selection and design and of solar solutions, and managing our team of installers. Previously, he was the Head of the Renewable Energy department at consulting firm ASCOTECH, and Technical Director at solar energy and electricity contractor… […]

Profile: Andrew Carter, PayGo Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Andrew Carter is the Managing Director of Paygo Ventures. Previously at the African Development Bank, he led mini-grid technical assistance and initiatives to provide debt finance to pay as you go solar companies. Prior to that, he consulted for clients in Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo on mini-grid projects. His entrepreneurship… […]

Profile: Check Traoré, Nafa Naana – Winner, West Africa

- Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Nafa Naana is a social business making clean and affordable energy products available to the poorest households of Burkina Faso. Nafa Naana implements an innovative business model, which combines a microfranchise approach to an… […]

Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

Sunday March 26th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Sustainable off-grid energy has many positive benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education, more productive agriculture, etc. But beyond these benefits, it’s also clear that improved security is at… […]

Smart Villages News 122 – Full Partnerships: The Only Way To RISE up?

Sunday March 12th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

      Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, By coincidence, in the week that World Bank launched its RISE report, Smart Villages also held our latest ECOWAS workshop in Togo. The topic was how to improve… […]

Lighting up rural Bangladesh

Wednesday March 8th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Farzana Rahman Senior Vice-President (Investment), Renewable Energy, IDCOL Location: Bangladesh “The amount of solar home systems we have installed – 4 million – speaks for itself” Around 12% of Bangladeshis, or 18 million people, currently use solar home systems. Solar panels sit on top of rural homes with corrugated tin roofs, connected to… […]

Webinar: Healthy villages are smart villages: Health, energy, and development

Healthy villages are smart villages – places where people can live healthy lives with longer lifespans, fewer childhood illnesses and deaths, and greater well-being. In this webinar, we will think about the intersections of health and energy. Indoor air pollution remains one of the most deadly elements for many people in the developing world. We… […]