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Tanzania Infographic

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Africa Infographic

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Southeast Asia Regional Workshop – Kuching, Malaysia

This opening workshop of our engagement in Southeast Asia, organised with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), was held to gather input and stimulate discussion from stakeholders involved in off-grid projects in ASEAN countries. Participants included renewable energy experts, technology providers, funders, community projects leaders, corporations/ private sectors, policy makers, …

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Exploring energy priorities: a community workshop tool

In order to design effective, participatory and sustainable energy access interventions that are in sync with real community priorities, it is necessary to understand and capture nuances of community energy needs and preferences across the target population. In South Africa, the CHOICES community energy project organised ‘energy options’ workshops to discuss and prioritise local energy …

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TR1: Smart Villages Scoping Study

This 2012 scoping study analyses aspects of contemporary work concerning village-level energy services in developing countries. African countries, particularly Ghana and Tanzania, and India are the primary geographical focus. The study also analyses social businesses and entrepreneurship in the area of sustainable off-grid energy provision. This study, carried out at the behest of the European …

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WR3: Kigali East Africa Media Workshop Report

This workshop was a two-day residential event featuring a combination of background briefings from local and international experts and entrepreneurs, together with Smart Villages team members on energy markets and provision in general, the off-grid sector in particular, the Smart Villages concept and perceived need, case studies of embryonic Smart Village projects and relevant technologies, …

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Off grid electricity and smart villages in Rwanda

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 …

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Inaugural media workshop in Kigali

On who better to test the concept of Smart Villages  than journalists living and working in East Africa? We put this reasoning into practice in our first media workshop, held over two intensive days in mid-November in Kigali. The results were fascinating and the enthusiasm for our belief that access to energy can and will transform …

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A micro-hydro project up Ghost Creek

Project co-leader Bernie Jones describes a trip up Ghost Creek to find a village saved from the spectre of and expensive and unreliable power source. This week I have been in Kuching – the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. I had been meeting our partners Akademi Sains Malaysia and the University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) to discuss …

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East Africa Media Dialogue Workshop

This workshop was a two-day residential event featuring a combination of background briefings from local and international experts and entrepreneurs, together with Smart Villages team members on energy markets and provision in general, the off-grid sector in particular, the Smart Villages concept and perceived need, case studies of embryonic Smart Village projects and relevant technologies, …

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PM Modi brings Smart Villages to India

In his maiden Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi took the opportunity to announce the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (Parliamentarian’s Model Village Scheme). Since coming into office, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wasted no time in pushing through reforms to modernize India’s economy. His speech stressed the importance of undertaking similar efforts in rural …

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Smart Villages joined by TWCF

Three years of complementary funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) has just been confirmed by Smart Villages. The funding will help Smart Villages continue to explore technical, entrepreneurial and policy solutions for providing sustainable energy for development in off-grid rural communities. The project will now travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America to talk to …

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Smart Villages joined by TWCF

Three years of complementary funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) has just been confirmed by Smart Villages. The funding will help Smart Villages continue to explore technical, entrepreneurial and policy solutions for providing sustainable energy for development in off-grid rural communities. The project will now travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America to …

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Africa Energy Outlook

Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector can be improved to unlock a better life for its citizens. This report describes one of the most poorly understood parts of the global energy system, offers an authoritative study of its future prospects, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region and shows how investment in the sub-Saharan energy sector can …

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What is a ‘smart village’? Experts weigh in…

What is a ‘smart village? How can we ensure that people in rural villages have access to energy, connectivity, education and jobs? Hear from experts in the fields of energy, science, entrepreneurship and finance, including the Tanzania Renewable Energy Association, the Tanzania Academy of Science, Practical Action, Solar Aid, Global Village Energy Partnership, the Swedish …

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Off-grid energy takes centre stage at Asia conferences

Ahead of the next Smart Villages workshop focusing on the ASEAN region, we (Dr Heather Cruickshank and Molly Hurley-Depret) traveled to Manila to attend two recent conferences focusing on Asia and energy: the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition  (IOREC) and the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2014 (ACEF), held 16-20 June at the Asian Development Bank  in Manila, Philippines. …

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[:en]WR2: Smart Villages in East Africa: Arusha Workshop Report[:es]WR2: Arusha Workshop Report[:]

The workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania from 2 to 5 June, 2014, was the first in the series of six major international workshops planned to be held in Africa, Asia and Latin America over the period 2014 to 2017 as a core component of the Smart Villages Initiative (www.e4sv.org). The organising partners for the Arusha workshop were the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust …

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Reflections on our Arusha workshop, by Sir Brian Heap

maasai village bicycle tanzania

Warmest thanks to everyone who participated in this initial Smart Villages workshop, to our Swedish colleagues who have been such great partners in this endeavour, and to the Tanzania Academy of Sciences which has taken a strong interest along with the Kenya Academy of Sciences. We will have taken away different memories but one of …

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Highlights – Day 2 of Arusha Smart Villages Workshop

barber shop in Tanzanian village

On Day 2 of the Smart Villages Arusha Workshop, the core focus in the first session was energy uses in rural villages.  This session began with a fascinating presentation by Simon Bartlett of Coca-Cola, who described their concept for an ‘EKOCENTER’ which would help a female entrepreneur bring clean water, electricity, connectivity and other services to …

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Highlights – Day 1 of Arusha Smart Villages workshop

Tanzania village entrepreneur welding

The first day of the Smart Village Workshop in Tanzania (3 June 2014) gathered experts from science, the private sector, government, NGOs and policymakers to discuss off-grid village energy in East Africa. The workshop launched with a speech from Mr Lutengano Mwakahesya of the Tanzania Rural Energy Agency, who highlighted Tanzania’s aim to become a middle-income country by …

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