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-IGB 2016 in London

News from WISIONS posted on August 22nd, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG from 30th August until 2nd September 2016 in London, United Kingdom. We will be chairing a session entitled "What does access to sustainable energy really mean for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid: Findings from an impact evaluation" on 1st September. Read moreMinimize

Our authors conducted a systematic evaluation of the outcomes, impacts and mid-term sustainability of 30 small-scale energy projects in developing countries supported under the WISIONS initiative to address the question why many energy development interventions fail to achieve positive livelihood impacts. The reasons for the lack of impact and sustainability are seldom exceptionally technical issues but can often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects. In order to enhance not only the technical but also the social and economic development it is therefore necessary to better understand what "access to sustainable energy" really means for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid in terms of livelihood impacts. 

This year’s overall conference theme at the RGS-IGB is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction.

More information on the conference is available here, along with a full programme.


Deadline: 8th RedBioLAC Annual Conference – Call for Papers

News from WISIONS posted on August 11th, 2016

The 8th RedBioLAC annual conference will take place from 7th to 11th November 2016 at the Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) in San José, Costa Rica. You may still submit your paper until this Sunday, 14 August 2016, to apply for grants covering travel, accommodation and participation costs!Read moreMinimize

This year, national and international stakeholders who would like to attend the RedBioLAC event in Costa Rica, but require financial support, may apply for a scholarship programme: out of all papers submitted until Sunday, 14 August 2016, 8 applicants will be eligible to receive international air tickets, accommodation, registration to the congress event, as well as meals.

RedBioLAC is also offering partial stipends and discounts among applicants. 

More information on the 8th RedBioLAC Conference in Costa Rica in general and specifically on the stipend programme is available (in Spanish!) on RedBioLAC's website.


Outcomes of the 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference

News from WISIONS posted on June 21st, 2016

The 4th UNESCO International Conference on Technologies for Development took place from 2nd to 4th May 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. It provided an opportunity for more than 400 researchers and representatives from NGOs, international organisations, and the private sector from 65 countries to discuss how to bridge the gap between technological innovation and its intended social impact.Read moreMinimize

This is an important question for sustainable energy projects, as these often fail to successfully translate into development impacts. The reasons for this rarely to do with the technology itself and can more often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects.

The contributions and discussions at the conference allowed for a better understanding of the factors that support or hinder the ability of decentralized renewable energy initiatives to create social and economic impacts. Several presenters stressed the need to engage with the end-users more in order to best address their needs. It was pointed out that it is important to not only see end-users as passive receivers but to value their knowledge and capacities. Furthermore, it became evident that in order to measure and understand the extent and nature of social impact we need a mixed-methods approach that includes quantitative as well as qualitative evaluation. While quantitative methods are helpful to address the question of what happened as a result of the technical innovation, qualitative methods help to understand why and how social impact was or was not achieved.

For more information on the different breakout sessions and to download selected full papers please visit the Tech4DEV website.


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