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.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the 2016 International Tech4Dev Conference
News from WISIONS posted on April 25th, 2016
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.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum 2016
News from WISIONS posted on April 5th, 2016
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.
Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference
News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2016
Hivos, SNV 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.
More information on the event is available at the conference's website here.