Tag Archives: rural communities

Why rural communities matter

Dr Shailaja Fennell of the Centre for Development Studies (University of Cambridge) discusses why understanding rural communities needs and aspirations are crucial for improving rural development.

Public policy targets for energy access

Thursday June 23rd, 2016 - Benjamin K. Sovacool

If energy poverty and access is such a pressing social problem, why do we need to involve governments in addressing it at all? In other words, why won’t the market devise solutions and innovative business models for expanding access to modern energy services? Or, why don’t major institutions like the United Nations or the World… […]

Malaysian Minister launches Off-grid Sustainability Workshop

Thursday January 29th, 2015 - Smart Villages

The Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin endorsed the Smart Village project at its official launch in Kuching this week. The event coincided with a three day off-grid energy workshop hosted jointly by the University Malaysia Sarawak and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Speaking at the launch, the minister asserted that, “sustainable development isn’t an… […]

Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: Is Energy part of the Solution?

Tuesday January 20th, 2015 - Smart Villages

“It was a degrading life full of humiliation and shame. We were often victims of rape and beatings by the hoodlums who hid themselves in the forest”  ̶  (An Ethiopian fuel wood carrier, Panjwani, 2005). Energy provision and sexual violence appear to be distant problems. However, with the possible exception of rural energy supplies in… […]

A long climb to energy access: an off-grid success story

Thursday January 15th, 2015 - Claudia Canales

Claudia Canales, a Smart Village Project leader describes her visit to the remote community of  Amaguaya, recently in receipt of energy from a newly constructed micro-hydro plant. The visit was in preparation for a Workshop to be held in the Bolivia later this year – ed. I was fortunate to arrive in Bolivia a few days earlier than the rest of… […]

Off grid electricity and smart villages in Rwanda

Sunday November 30th, 2014 - John Holmes

On Tuesday 11th of November, the day after the smart villages workshop for East African journalists, myself and two Rwandan journalists set off early in the morning from Kigali to drive to the north-west area of Rwanda, a destination well-known to visitors to Rwanda as the location of the Volcanoes National Park and a favourite… […]

Why rural communities matter

Monday May 12th, 2014 - Smart Villages

Dr Shailaja Fennell of the Centre for Development Studies (University of Cambridge) discusses why understanding rural communities needs and aspirations are crucial for improving rural development.