May 23, 2016 — May 25, 2016 | Accra, Ghana
Mensvic Grand Hotel, Lome Street
The Smart Villages Initiative in partnership with SNV Ghana is pleased to invite you to the inaugural Smart Villages regional workshop in West Africa.
The Smart Villages Initiative aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access 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 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 many of the benefits of life in modern societies are available to rural communities.
Over a period of three years, the Smart Villages Initiative is conducting workshops and follow-up engagement activities across East and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Central and South America focusing on energy provision to off-grid rural areas and how that energy can catalyse
development. The workshop marks the start of the Initiative’s regional engagement in West Africa and aims to garner valuable insights on the off-grid energy situation in remote rural areas in the region.
It is envisaged that the workshop will provide relevant insights to guide the Smart Villages Initiative’s subsequent country-level engagements in the West Africa.