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 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference

News from WISIONS posted on April 25th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in this year's "UNESCO Chair Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact", which will take place from 2nd to 4th May 2016 at the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland.Read moreMinimize

Technological innovation is vital for addressing global challenges such as climate change, pollution, disease, rising inequalities and chronic poverty. We need renewable energy sources, efficient transport networks, effective public health systems, well-designed infrastructure, improved agricultural systems and access to quality education for everyone.

The guiding question of this UNESCO Conference is how we bridge the gap between innovation and social impact. Rising global challenges require technological innovations, but the ultimate aim is positive impact in the real world. It is important to focus on technical excellence, but even more so to build successful business models for large-scale deployment and long-term financial sustainability. The Tech4Dev Conference provides a critical platform for knowledge exchange, enabling researchers to present their findings and for practitioners to outline their needs and insights, as well as relating their experiences from the field.

The WISIONS team will participate in the session Paths Towards Impact: How to Evaluate Technology for Development Interventions on Monday, 2nd of May, presenting a study entitled "What Impacts Do Small-Scale Energy Projects in Developing Countries Really Have? Findings from a Repeated Post-Evaluation".

Furthermore, the coordinator of the Wind Empowerment network will present a study entitled "A Review of the Behavioural Change Challenges Facing a Proposed Solar and Battery Electric Cooking Concept" as part of the session From Developing to Scaling Up Innovative Social Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid on Wednesday, 4th of May.

Further general information is available at the Tech4Dev homepage and the detailed conference programme is available here (pdf).


Meet the WISIONS Team at the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum 2016

News from WISIONS posted on April 5th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum, which will take place from 12th to 13th April 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is part of a series of events which the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting free-of-costs to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and cooperation.Read moreMinimize

ARE is hosting a one-day Energy Access Investment Summit at ING headquarters to bring together key decision makers as well as institutional and business representatives to develop business strategies.

This event aims to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities in developing and emerging markets. It offers a chance for interested participants to understand where the opportunities lie and how you can take advantage of them, while also creating the appropriate networks to get engaged.

The summit is open to the private sector, financiers, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, business networks and CSO that would like

  • to meet ARE members and partners; and 
  • to venture or to expand investment and operations in rural electrification and renewable energy markets.
More information on the event, including a detailed list of speakers is available at ARE's website here.


Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference

News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2016

The coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, will participate in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It will take place from 5th to 7th April 2016 at Elilly International Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Read moreMinimize

HivosSNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia are organising, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The conference has three specific objectives:

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.
It also includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. 

More information on the event is available at the conference's website here.


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