Unleashing Powerless Haiti

Unleash Kids! (http://UnleashKids.org) is participating in this MIT lecture series (videos to be posted soon) focused on basic energy deployment realities for the Bottom 1.5 Billion, similar to Haiti’s solar micro-grid EarthSpark.  One of the most interesting talks by far explained STGinternational.org, targetting 250,000 unelectrified schools and 90,000 unelectrified clinics.  Confoundingly, Amy Rose described how rural electrification in Burkina Faso can lead to self-segregation of the rich, who move close to the electrical plant for status reasons, and to watch scripted wrestling on TV — profoundly questioning the assumption that access to power always leads to poverty alleviation.

This professional global survey of “community power” could not have been more timely (with excellent background class materials) given Unleash Kids volunteers’ imminent January/February trip to Haiti, to enhance electricity, servers, software and training at a number of schools around the country.  Even when Quality of Life/Learning/Planet can barely be understood nevermind charted — in underdeveloped and overdeveloped countries alike!


e4Dev: Introduction to Energy and Human Development

Ignacio Perez-Arriaga, Visiting Professor, CEEPR, MIT.

Coordinated by the truly amazing Zac Accuardi.

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants asked to attend all sessions; email to discuss exceptions
Prereq: Some familiarity with energy useful but NOT required

More than 1.5 billion people lack access to basic energy services. This is not inherently problematic, as access to energy is not in and of itself a goal of development – rather, we care about improvements to quality of life more broadly. Energy access has, however, been identified as a potentially important component in enabling many essential quality of life improvements, including for example public health, communication, and local business growth.

In a four-day series of lectures, case studies, interactive activities, and the development of an energy access project evaluation strategy, students participating in this course will be exposed to the challenges and opportunities in energy access for the developing world. Lectures will provide working knowledge of the current state of energy access; what it means to provide energy access; a survey of relevant energy technologies; the connection between energy access and poverty alleviation; and financing mechanisms and business models for energy projects in the developing world.

Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT Energy Initiative

Session 1: Intro to Energy Access

Add to Calendar Jan/07 Tue 09:00AM-12:00PM E17-128, A laptop may be useful

Session 2: Energy and Human Development

Add to Calendar Jan/08 Wed 09:00AM-12:00PM E17-128

Session 3: Financing and Business Models

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Thu 09:00AM-12:00PM E17-128, Laptops will be useful

Session 4: Student Presentations

Add to Calendar Jan/10 Fri 09:00AM-12:30PM E17-128

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