WISIONS of Sustainability
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.
Improving And Demonstrating The Potential Of Traditional Water Mills In Uttarakhand, India
News from WISIONS posted on November 16th, 2018
The Himalaya has a rich ancient tradition for tapping hydro energy from the hill streams and rivers through the device of Gharats (water mills). It is estimated that there are 200,000 watermills in the Himalayan region. However, most of the watermills are currently defunct due to various reasons.
Over the course of this SEPS project, IDS carried out a preliminary survey in two districts (Dehradun and Uttarkashi of Garhwal region) to select a cluster of water mills. After analysing preliminary survey data, the water mills located in the villages of Dehradun were found to be more suitable to receive a technical upgrade and corresponding livelihood enhancement of local communities.
The following key activities have been implemented:
- A baseline study including socio-economic and technical feasibility at identified water mills cluster
- A market feasibility study on watermill-based business
- Focused community/watermill owner/operator mobilisation
- Formation and strengthening of so-called "Self Help Groups" (SHG), consisting of village members
- Training and capacity building of SHGs (in business management, storing, packaging, pricing, marketing of products) and watermill operators
- Technical improvements of water mills
- Marketing of the water mill-processed products
This SEPS project facilitated the enhancement of local population’s livelihoods to some extent. The business activities by the "Self Help Groups" are expected to increase in the future and the concept of developing water mill-based businesses has shown a promising potential.
New WISIONS Webinar on Alternative Financing Ideas for Small-scale Renewable Energy
News from WISIONS posted on November 9th, 2018
Financing is always top of mind for energy practitioners working on small-scale renewable energy projects. Many organisations struggle by year on year with project funding, which limits the sustainability of many small-scale renewable energy efforts. Undeterred, however, non-profit organisations and social businesses are looking for novel solutions to the financing challenge, solutions that are essential for achieving the SDGs and climate goals.
The speakers in this webinar have been at the forefront of finding creative, innovative ways to finance energy practitioners’ critical work. We will learn about alternative financing from multiple perspectives: Nexus for Development will speak about their major finance mapping report Financing Renewable Energy in South East Asia; bettervest will talk about its work as a crowd investing platform for renewable energy projects; and Winrock International Nepal will speak about its work as a project developer and long-standing cooperation partner of WISIONS.
Whether you’re a donor, a non-profit organisation, a researcher, or a business, join us and share your insights into financing challenges – and your fresh ideas. This will be an interactive webinar with polls and opportunities for Q&A!
Zita de Pooter, Grants and Membership Manager, Nexus for Development
Rohit Sen, Strategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, bettervest
Badri Nath Baral, Director-REPSO Nepal, Winrock International
Molly Hurley Depret
New Project: Capacity Building And Knowledge Exchange – Designing Energy Services In Indonesia
News from WISIONS posted on November 7th, 2018
Many energy services in remote areas targeting the “last mile” fail. This is for a variety of reasons, including insufficient attention to the long-term costs of operation and maintenance; use of a “one size fits all” approach which often fails to consider differing local realities and socio-cultural factors (including gender issues); lack of attention to how an energy service will deliver wider development impact; and lack of buy-in from local stakeholders.
Building on these insights, since 2014 IESR – with its partners CAFOD and IIED – has been co-developing a participatory approach to designing energy services in Southeast Asia called the Energy Delivery Model (EDM).
Over the course of six months, IESR aims to:
- Prepare and host a four-day EDM Planning Workshop in Indonesia (inviting 15-20 participants from NGOs, social enterprises & local government), which will build an understanding of the participatory design of energy services, as well as capacity to use the existing EDM Toolkit; and
- Create an updated Indonesian language version of the EDM Toolkit.