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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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Impact Testimonials from rural Indonesia

News from WISIONS posted on October 31st, 2019

Sustainable Energy Projects are always a success? Unfortunately not, as the premise of "one size fits all" does not apply to remote rural areas with very different socioeconomic and -cultural conditions than urban areas. Our SEPS-Exchange identifies these conditions, adjusts them and recently published testimonials from project participants. Read moreMinimize

The SEPS Energy Exchange project in collaboration with IESR and their partners CAFOD and IIED approaches since 2014 the question, why sustainable energy projects in remote areas fail in many cases. Insufficient attention to long-term costs of operation and maintenance, local realities socio-cultural factors including gender issues, lack of attention on how an energy project is actually going to have a development impact and eventually lack of participation of local stakeholders. These are only some of the reasons why some energy services in remote areas fail.

With special focus on remote areas in Southeast Asia, they created a participatory model in order to : the Energy Delivery Model (EDM). This EDM model included countries, such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar but essentially relates to an issue concening most of sustainable energy development projects. In the case of Indonesia, the exchange project approached the local community of Boafoa and piloted the EDM model. By including local practitioners and stakeholders from different contexts (education and coffee production), the project came into application. The introduction of solar systems for schools and a coffee production plant has been assessed and two participants now reported their experiences so far with the model:

Find more information about the project here: Exchange: Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange on the EDM Participatory Approach to Designing Energy Services in Indonesia (SEPS16)

Impressions from the 11th Annual RedBioLAC Conference

News from WISIONS posted on October 24th, 2019

Last week our partnership network RedBioLAC hold their 11th annual conference in Varadero (Cuba). Our project collaborator Dr. Willington Ortiz represented WISIONS at the conference and presented research and insights from WISIONS and the Wuppertal Institute. Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC (short for Red de Biodigestores para Latino América y el Caribe) took place from 14 to 18 October 2019 and included various technical trainings, implementation of small and large scale biodigester facilities, exchanging knowledge about the technology, connection and networking of the participants and showcasing the own work at place. As the conference gathered more than 120 experts in biodigestion technology from 15 different countries, it attracted the interest of local media. See the RedBioLACs coordinator Mariela Pino, WISIONS project collaborator Dr. Willington Ortiz and Prof. Yuvan Contino explaining the significance of RedBioLAC and of the conference for the the Cuban local television broadcast service.Furthermore, the cuban news platform "Prensa Latina" covered the reporting from the conference with direction to an international and in particular Latin-American audience. The news article can be accessed by following the URL link (in spanish): Curso sobre biodigestores abre en Cuba XI Encuentro de la RedBioLAC.

The reporting coverage also included information dissemination through social media networks. In the following you can find several reports and pictures from the conference, technical tours and biodigester technology in general.

The latest Newsletter of Hydro Empowerment Network

News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2019

Our partner HPNET just published their latest edition of their quarterly newsletter series "The Flow". The thematic focus of this issue is inclusive social enterprise, local social capital, including women and indigenous communities.HPNET Newsletter October Read moreMinimize
In this edition HPNET recollects recent activities, events and thematic inputs on Micro Hydro Technology.
Some highlights in this edition include:

  • Cameroon: A HPNET Member shares his views on small-scale hydro and energy access in Cameroon.
  • Indonesia/Ethiopia: Three knowledge transfer and activities for Ethiopian practitioners.
  • Malaysia: Reports and introduction of the Commission of a new micro hydro system in Malaysiaby TONIBUNG
  • Inclusion in social enterprise-based mini hydropower in Pakistan
Read the full newsletter and all included other stories of HPNETs activities here: The Flow Newsletter October

More information about HPNET: Hydro Empowerment Network

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