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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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East Africa Regional Workshop

The workshop in Arusha explored the East African/Tanzanian environment for village energy, local case studies, challenges and opportunities, with a view to formulating policy recommendations for policymakers, funders, NGOs and other stakeholders the region. An important part of the workshop, and indeed the whole Smart Villages initiative work programme, was to gather evidence from existing projects that have provided …

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Jugaad innovation – Dr Jaideep Prabhu

Jugaad innovation

Dr Jaideep Prabhu of the University of Cambridge describes ‘jugaad innovation’, “a frugal and flexible approach to innovation for the 21st century.” This type of innovation can provide affordable solutions for low-income communities and is also being adopted in the West.  http://jugaadinnovation.com/

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India: SMAAT Water in Smart Villages?

Last month, two members of the Smart Villages team, Dr Shailaja Fennell and Dr Terry van Gevelt, travelled to Hyderabad, India. Arriving in the early morning to the intense heat, the team was met by employees of SMAAT – a social enterprise focused on providing clean drinking water to urban slums and rural villages. After …

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Overview of Smart Villages Arusha Workshop

Dr Bernie Jones

In this video, Dr Bernie Jones describes the aims of the Smart Villages workshop in Arusha in June 2014.  The workshop aims to bring together leaders in the area of off-grid village energy, including poilcymakers, NGOs, entrepreneurs and other experts.  

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Smart Villages: Learn about our initiative

Dr Bernie Jones

Dr Bernie Jones gives a brief overview of the aims of the Smart Villages initiative, particularly its focus on off-grid village energy in Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

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Swedish involvement in the Smart Villages initiative

Dr Ernst van Groningen of the International Science Programme at Uppsala University discusses how several Swedish partners became involved in the Smart Villages initiative.

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The role of the European Academies of Science in Smart Villages

Dr John Holmes discusses the important role of the European Academies of Science in the Smart Villages initiative.

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Why rural communities matter

Dr Shailaja Fennell

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.

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Mobile phones increase farmer resilience

A recent article from Uganda reveals that one of the biggest questions facing rural communities around the world is how to build resilience to the increased uncertainty brought about by climate change. Small-scale agriculture is so often based on an unparalleled understanding of the seasons that has been honed over decades through an intimate relationship …

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Off-grid Village Energy Workshop – Arusha, Tanzania 2-5 June 2014

From 2-5 June 2014, the Smart Villages initiative will hold its First Workshop on Off-grid Village Energy in Arusha, Tanzania. The workshop in Arusha will explore the East African/Tanzanian environment for village energy, local case studies, challenges and opportunities, with a view to formulating policy recommendations for policymakers, funders, NGOs and other stakeholders the region. An important …

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What is the Smart Villages initiative?

The Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre at Cambridge (MCSC), Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust (CMEDT) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (www.easac.eu) are undertaking a study of sustainable energy for villages ‘off-grid’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America called “Smart Villages.” The concept of the ‘smart village’ is that energy access acts as a catalyst for development – …

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New technologies for off-grid villages?

Primary school children in class, in Harar, Ethiopia.

The Smart Villages initiative held a workshop in Cambridge, UK, on 15 January 2014 to bring together leading UK researchers to discuss emerging technologies for the sustainable production and use of energy in rural communities in developing countries, and to take a ‘look ahead’ at scientific developments and technologies that might be influential over the …

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“Lifi” – a breakthrough technology for off-grid villages

Prof Sir Colin Humphries, an expert at Cambridge University, discusses the great potential of ‘lifi’ for the developing world. As an alternative to wifi, which requires a lot of energy, lifi could bring internet access at a lower cost and use less energy. Timeline: approximately 5 years.

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New report: Trade crucial to off-grid energy in developing countries

What effect does trade policy have on sustainable energy in developing countries?   Madhavan Nampoothiri and Hari Manoharan argue that trade policy has a substantial impact on developing countries’ ability to access “sustainable energy goods”, such as solar panels, solar lanterns and other useful equipment for off-grid villages in their recent report, International Trade and Access to Sustainable Energy: …

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Cambridge workshop report: New technologies for off-grid villages: a look ahead

15 January 2014 The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Cambridge Smart Villages Initiative (SVI) and bring together leading researchers in the UK to discuss the current landscape of energy production, use and efficiency in rural communities in developing countries, as well as scientific developments and technologies that might be influential over the …

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“To give people electricity, to me, is like giving them medicine”

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership recently held its Second High Level Meeting and, according to SciDev.net (“Africa awaits an energy revolution”), the discussions in the corridors are focusing on off-grid energy, a welcome development. Coordination and partnerships were chief concerns among industry leaders and policymakers alike.  Bringing energy to rural areas of developing can have positive impacts on …

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Woman farmer: Land ownership in Africa “the preserve of men”

On the surface, the facts are startling. According to Farming First, a coalition of farmers, engineers, scientists and industry, women[lightbox full=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiban/6866495548/”][/lightbox] constitute up to 80% of Africa’s smallholder farmers and are produce around 90% of its food. Key issues in the northern Ugandan context, the focus of the article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation, relate to issues of …

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Innovative off-grid engineering in motion

A recent article in the Guardian (“Bright ideas for the developing world: cheaper, superior lighting design“) has highlighted the emerging realization that technology works best when suited to the local context and more often than not, it is the innovative end- user in developing countries who ingeniously adapts off-the-shelf technology. This understanding has transformed the efforts of simple …

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WR1: Cambridge Forward Look Workshop Report

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together leading UK researchers to discuss emerging technologies for the sustainable production and use of energy in rural communities in developing countries, and to take a ‘look ahead’ at scientific developments and technologies that might be influential over the next 10 – 20 years. It was held …

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