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Remote but productive: using energy access investments to catalyse enterprises and income in Tanzania’s rural communities

While rural energy access investments – like mini-grids – can be expected to transform local economies, this doesn’t happen automatically. Catalysing local enterprises and raising incomes through productive uses of energy often requires extra measures, to overcome barriers such as gaps in local people’s skills or financial resources.

In Tanzania there are huge opportunities for...

Building future food leaders: A change makers guide

The food system is transitioning. New initiatives, start-ups and networks of changemakers are emerging at the grassroots level, harbouring ideas and massive potential to break through. Still, we struggle with enormous challenges: depletion of natural resources, hunger and obesity existing concurrently, climate change, soil erosion and so on. The urgency for a different, more sustainable and...

Better power in Tanzania's electricity sector: Workshop report

Tanzania is expanding its electricity services. But the sector still faces many challenges in terms of delivering a high quality, reliable service for customers. For customers of TANESCO, the Tanzanian electricity supply company, power cuts are a major preoccupation, and have an impact on their work, domestic life and other services they use. As the grid expands, expectations of access to a...

Demanding supply: putting ordinary citizens at the heart of future energy systems

What role will ordinary people play in energy systems of the future? IIED and Hivos asked leading energy thinkers for their views. Opinions vary: some want to see a future where citizens produce, control or profit more from local energy resources; for others, companies and governments are likely to remain in the driving seat, with people acting as passive consumers.

A point of...

Biogas farmers Kenya Nakuru

Pushing for better power in Tanzania

In Tanzania, electricity services are expanding, yet they are failing to deliver a high-quality service to end-users.

The Energy Change Lab initiative has looked at how information channels and customer feedback mechanisms can be used to ensure that the electricity sector becomes more transparent and accountable to those it serves. A number of prototype solutions are being piloted,...

Uganda food change lab: Planning for the future food

Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Hivos and IIED convened the Change Lab in 2015. The process in the first year culminated in the country’s first People’s Summit on Food, the outcomes of which will be described in this publication.

We start by summarizing key pointers of the evidence that was collected by KRC and IIED, taken both from the field and literature and covering...

How social labs cultivate change through innovation and collaboration

The  struggle to solve local and global issues often appears to pitch large  corporations and governments against activists, artists, workers and  ordinary citizens. But what happens when these entities consciously join  forces and share resources to create social change? It’s happening more than you might think—in a growing phenomenon known as innovation labs. And Labcraft offers an intimate...

Lab matters: Challenging the practice of social innovation laboratories

Over the last decade or so labs for social change have developed into a force within the ever expanding family of ‘the social’. From the Finance Innovation Lab in the UK to the Human Centered Design lab in Cambodia. From the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Harvard to ...