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 4s/EASST Conference 2016 in Barcelona

News from WISIONS posted on August 30th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s 4S/EASST conference, held in Barcelona from 31st August until 3rd September 2016. The conference aims to explore the ways in which science and technology are increasingly performed ‘by other means’, in a variety of activities that include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors in science and technology, or in ways that question the established value systems involved in the production of knowledge and technologies.Read moreMinimize

The WISIONS team will be part of the session "Energy Experiments" with a study entitled "Energy Experiments in Off-Grid Regions - Practitioners Roles and Social Impacts". 

Today it is widely accepted that non-technical aspects (or "other means") are highly relevant for the success of decentralised renewable energy projects. Especially in regions with no or low energy access these projects can be understood as interventions that trigger and accompany transformative processes – in that sense they can be seen as energy experiments. 

The practitioners, such as implementing organisations or individual experts, can be seen as the facilitators of transformation. They possess accumulated know-how not only in terms of technical expertise and on-site troubleshooting, but as well as in the appropriate ways of achieving sound and long-term success.

The results we will present in this session are based on insights from a) a post-evaluation of 30 SEPS projects 2-8 years after implementation; b) the analysis of practitioners networks, like RedBioLAC and the HydroEmpowerment network; c) lessons learned during ten years of monitoring small-scale energy projects supported under the WISIONS initiative.

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


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.


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