Why taking a systems perspective could be the key to success: findings from a meta study.
The WISIONS team will participate in the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG from 30th August until 2nd September 2016 in London, United Kingdom. We will be chairing a session entitled “What does access to sustainable energy really mean for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid: Findings from an impact evaluation” on 1st September. Minimize
Our authors conducted a systematic evaluation of the outcomes, impacts and mid-term sustainability of 30 small-scale energy projects in developing countries supported under the WISIONS initiative to address the question why many energy development interventions fail to achieve positive livelihood impacts. The reasons for the lack of impact and sustainability are seldom exceptionally technical issues but can often be attributed to socio-cultural, institutional and/or economical aspects. In order to enhance not only the technical but also the social and economic development it is therefore necessary to better understand what “access to sustainable energy” really means for people at the bottom of the energy pyramid in terms of livelihood impacts.
This year’s overall conference theme at the RGS-IGB is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction.
More information on the conference is available here, along with a full programme.