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Our clients – Smart Villages Initiative – are hosting a webinar which focusses on failure and off-grid energy access.

We thought this was very interesting, and that maybe you or someone you know would be interested.

Here are the details for registration.

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Failure & off-grid energy access: Why failure matters to development

Join The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages on

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 9am UK time (10am CEST)

To register, click here


“Failure” – the word usually carries a negative connotation. But for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and NGOs working to provide energy access to people in the “last mile”, failure can actually provide important lessons. Is failure an important ingredient to success?

In this webinar, we’ll gather experts who will talk openly about their experiences with failure from a variety of angles and why failure is actually an important element in successfully delivering energy access to remote communities.

What have they learned from these so-called “failures”? Must one fail to succeed? Most importantly, how can these stories of failure (and success) help remote villages to access energy, education, healthcare, etc.?

Our webinar series is a little different: each expert will speak for 10 minutes and will focus on their on-the-ground experience using photos to tell their story.


Simon Batchelor, Director of Gamos, Ltd. and Impact and Learning Team Manager, Institute of Development Studies

Stewart Craine, Managing Director of VIA – Village Infrastructure Angels

Heidi Hafes, Communications and Business Manager, Shell Foundation

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Get in touch with Molly or Ed: molly@e4sv.org & E.D.Brown@lboro.ac.uk


The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the United Kingdom to expand research capacity around low-carbon development in the countries of the Global South.

It links existing expertise in international development, renewable energy transitions and science and technology studies in order to enhance and support interdisciplinary research, learning and policy-formation for this increasingly important and rapidly changing field.

The LCEDN comprises internationally-renowned universities and thriving energy research institutes, alongside partnerships with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and expanding worldwide associations. This enables a unique environment for dialogue, discussion and the generation of ideas for funding.

About Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative is a global initiative that aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access across the Global South with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. We are have chosen to focus on remote off-grid villages, where local solutions (home- or institution-based systems, and mini-grids) are both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Our concern is to ensure that energy access results in development and the creation of ‘smart villages’ in which rural communities have access to healthcare, education, clean water, ICT, and livelihoods. See our recent publications and workshop reports here: http://e4sv.org/resources/

Molly Hurley-Dépret

Storyteller and Policy Manager

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