WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Meet the WISIONS team at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014 in London

News from WISIONS posted on August 19th, 2014

The WISIONS team will be participating in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and the IBG on 26-29 August 2014 in London, United Kingdom. This year's conference theme is "Geographies of co-production". Read moreMinimize

In recent years the research and teaching activities of universities have been challenged by a wide range of new encounters, including commercialisation, open innovation, participatory social science, engaged arts, and public engagement. These new encounters are disrupting conceptions of where knowledge resides, how problems are framed, and who should be mobilised to influence research. "Co-production" is the term increasingly used to describe these new encounters, and is shaping research council agendas, institutional practices, and academic identities.

The aim of this conference is to reflect on the challenges and new opportunities that arise when geographers reflect what we think we know against the "other", those who start from a different entry point and bring different perspectives to our field of knowledge. It will provide opportunities to examine the challenges of multi-disciplinarity, and explore how different communities might deploy each other’s perspectives to create new understandings.  

The WISIONS presentation "Need-oriented approach in small-scale energy projects in developing regions – lessons learned" is part of the session "Social Justice, Mobility and Energy Demand (2)" on Thursday, 28 August.

Read more about the Conference here: Annual International Conference 2014 of the Royal Geographical Society and find a detailed programme here: Conference Programme

New article: "Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries"

News from WISIONS posted on August 12th, 2014

The article "A cross-sectional review: Impacts and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries" written by the WISIONS team has been published in the "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews" journal and is now available online under an OpenAccess license.Read moreMinimize

Access to sustainable and affordable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty in developing countries. In particular, small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects are recognized as important forms of development assistance for reaching the energy poor. However, to date only a few empirical evaluations exist which analyze and compare the impact of these projects on local living conditions and their sustainability ex-post implementation.

To better understand the impacts and the conditions that influence sustainability of these projects, the research presented in this paper evaluated 23 local development projects post implementation. By applying an standardized evaluation design to a cross-sectional sample in terms of renewable energy sources (solarwindbiomasshydro), user needs (electricityfood preparation, lighting, productive uses), community management models, finance mechanisms and geographical locations, the review results provide valuable insights on the underlying conditions that influence the success or failure of these small-scale local energy interventions.

You can access and download the full paper under an OpenAccess license on the website of ScienceDirect.

SEPS Call in Latin America and the Caribbean - Selected Projects

News from WISIONS posted on August 11th, 2014

Following our most recent call for proposals which focused on the introduction of energy efficiency, small-scale renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean, we are pleased to advise that the following projects have been selected as being eligible for SEPS support:Read moreMinimize


Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina
OrganisationFundación EcoAndina
Country: Argentina
Project’s aim: to introduce and test electric bikes and electric motorcycles as mobility options in the Andean highlands of Argentina.

Removing barriers to Greenhouse Gas mitigation in medium scale agricultural livestock activities in Mexico
OrganisationIRRI Mexico
Country: Mexico
Project’s aim: to enhance the productive use of biogas by small agricultural producers in central Mexico.

Growing Esmeraldas with renewable energy
OrganisationGreen Empowerment
Country: Ecuador
Project’s aim: to improve cacao production and processing in order to increase the quality and value of the cacao bean in Ecuador.


"Dragon del nuevo fuego" - Dragon of the new flame
OrganisationIRRI Mexico
Country: Mexico
Objective of the exchange: to expand the methodology and develop a manual for the arts based implementation of renewable biogas projects in Mexico.

Exchange and capacity-building in energy alternatives for food production
Country: Colombia
Objective of the exchange: to link the concepts of food and energy sovereignty through joint capacity-building, networking and hands-on training in Colombia.

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