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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Next Webinar: “Great Expectations – Productive Uses of Energy Off the Grid”

News from WISIONS posted on June 28th, 2018

On 9th July at 2:00 PM CEST WISIONS will host the fourth in a series of webinars 2018. It is entitled "Great Expectations – Productive Uses of Energy Off the Grid". Register now!Read moreMinimize

Register now for our upcoming webinar on 9th July!

Great expectations abound for the so-called “productive uses of energy”. These uses of energy go well beyond solar lamps and cell phone charging. They aim to fundamentally improve livelihoods for people living beyond the grid by powering computers, agricultural machinery, and more.

Funders increasingly support energy projects and programmes that use energy productively. The assumption is that using energy for productive uses will enhance social and economic development and help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The productive uses of energy could certainly help to reach these goals, as many examples attest. However, systematic evidence of these outcomes and impacts is still limited and questions remain:

Which complementary services are necessary to establish productive uses? Do productive uses of energy contribute to social and economic development? Why do many energy projects fall short to establish productive activities? Is there a tipping point for the amount of energy that will have the greatest impact? Which “productive” activities should be supported, and who will benefit?

Join us in this webinar to discuss these important questions. You will also receive an overview of the current state of evidence on productive uses of energy and learn about pitfalls and successes along the way to improving livelihoods across the Global South.

Our experts this month include:

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In the meantime watch our previous webinars: WISIONS Webinar Series


A Biogas E-Learning Platform For Latin America And The Caribbean

News from WISIONS posted on June 27th, 2018

One of our most recent SEPS exchange activities aims to expand "Biogas for Energy" – an already available e-learning platform – in order to reach a broader audience of students, technicians, officials and other practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean.Read moreMinimize

Activities build upon the existing training materials offered by WISIONS' project partner CIBiogás, as well as including wider knowledge and experiences from RedBioLAC. The courses will be offered in a dynamic and interactive web learning environment by means of a Portuguese and Spanish language internet website offering a bilingual tutor and formal evaluation procedures to ensure knowledge transmission and teaching quality and to prevent students withdrawing from the courses. Courses have the purpose of introducing the issue of biogas in the Latin American and Caribbean context,
with a special focus on small scale biodigesters.

Recently, CIBiogás successfully concluded the following activities:

  • Definition of course topics and detailed contents to be offered under the framework of this SEPS project
  • Creation of educational documents for each course (the "Small Scale Biodigester" course is already being elaborated by one of the consultants
  • Selection of consultants who will produce the course contents

The next steps include the digitalisation of course contents, the technical validation as well as the translation from Portuguese to Spanish language.

More general information on this SEPS exchange activity is available on our SEPS project page: "Biogas for Energy" – E-Learning Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean


Meet The WISIONS Team At The UNESCO Tech4Dev Conference 2018 in Lausanne

News from WISIONS posted on June 25th, 2018

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s edition of the 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference from 27 – 29 June 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland.Read moreMinimize

The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development. The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South. Tech4Dev 2018 puts the challenges and the potential of the Global South in the center of discussions reflected by its title Voices of the Global South.

Carmen Dienst, project coordinator of WISIONS of Sustainability, will actively participate in the session Access to Energy for All: Measuring Impact beyond kWh on Friday, 29 June 2018, 10:45 – 12:30. She will present the research paper "Productive Use of Energy – Pathway to Development? Reviewing the Impact of Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries".

Abstract: It is widely recognized that access to sustainable energy services is a crucial factor in reducing poverty and enhancing development. One of the assumed positive outcomes is the productive use of energy, which is expected to create value thereby having a positive impact on local livelihoods. However, systematic evidence of these impacts is still limited. This study analyses the results of a post-evaluation of 30 small-scale energy development projects and reviews these in relation to existing literature to better understand how the supply of sustainable energy supports productive use activities, and whether these activities have the expected positive impacts.



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