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Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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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.

WISIONS Research Workshop on the Diffusion of Sustainable Family Farm Practices in Colombia

News from WISIONS posted on March 18th, 2016

The workshop will take place in Riosucio, Colombia, from 31st March to 1st April 2016. It aims to create a space for mutual learning about how community associations of family farmers can promote the development and diffusion of sustainable innovations. Read moreMinimize
The workshop originates from the cooperation between RedBioCOL, the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers of Riosucio (ASPROINCA), the University of Lüneburg in Germany and WISIONS. It has been organised as a case-based Mutual Learning Session. This is a transdisciplinary format that aims to create spaces for the exchange and integration of knowledge from different perspectives, including scientific insights from different disciplines as well as knowledge from stakeholders and practitioners beyond academia or science. The workshop will gather 25 representatives from four types of stakeholder relevant to the development and diffusion of innovations in family farming: i) farmer associations; ii) non-governmental organisations; iii) research and development institutions; and iv) representatives from local state institutions.

This transdisciplinary exercise will also advance WISIONS’ own research into the role of community-based initiatives in promoting the diffusion of sustainable energy solutions in rural contexts. Previous research by WISIONS on this topic has shown that the sustainable adoption of renewable energy solutions is often closely related to the level at which those energy solutions are integrated into the farming systems of rural households and that community associations can play a key role in that process. For examples, see our contributions at the BREG-MES Symposium in Berkeley 2014 and at the Tropentag 2015 in Berlin.

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