The Smart Villages Initiative held its second major international workshop in Kuching, then capital city of Sarawak, Malaysia in January 2015. The workshop was the outcome of a collaboration between the Smart Villages Initiative, Akademi Sains Malaysia (the Malaysian Academy of Sciences) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). It brought together a diverse group of around 80 people working on energy access for off-grid villages to review their experiences to date, and to identify barriers to further progress and how they may be overcome. The workshop focused on the provision of off-grid energy in Southeast Asia.
This note provides a summary for policy makers of the workshop’s findings. A more detailed report of the workshop, together with copies of the presentations made at the workshop is available here.