The results for the 2nd SESA Call for Entrepreneurs 2023 are in!

The results for the 2nd SESA Call for Entrepreneurs 2023 are in!

The results are in, and the SESA Project’s Call for Entrepreneurs 2023 has brought forth a wave of innovative and visionary minds ready to tackle Africa’s energy access challenges. This year’s call sought to empower entrepreneurs hailing from Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Their mission: to pave the way for a more sustainable, energy-secure future across the continent.

Each selected enterprise will receive between €50,000 to €100,000 for the design, implementation, and evaluation of submitted replication projects via service agreements. After selection, they will have the opportunity to participate in the SESA Incubator Programme run by SESA partner Smart Innovation Norway (SIN). The programme includes mentorship, coaching, and access to networks of industry experts and potential investors.

WEBINAR: Rural Internet Access – Solving the Challenge

WEBINAR: Rural Internet Access – Solving the Challenge

We kindly invite you to the SESA Online Webinar on ‘Rural Internet Access: Solving the Challenge’ to be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 24th October, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST, organised by Basic Internet Foundation.

Webinar overview

In a world that is becoming increasingly digitally connected, the issue of equitable access  remains a significant barrier, particularly in remote and underserved rural communities.  Through the SESA EU project, the Basic Internet Foundation is committed to addressing this  gap and fostering inclusive digital landscapes.

This webinar is an opportunity to explore the landscape of rural internet access in Africa  through the Europe – Africa collaboration. We will delve into the essential aspects of this  endeavour, ranging from the obstacles that hinder effective connectivity to the innovative  solutions that are transforming lives.

By participating in this webinar, you will gain insights into the following:

  • Rural Internet Access through SESA InfoSpots 
  • Challenges and Considerations of rural Internet access
  • Collaborative Deployment through Regional Competence Centres (RCCs)
  • From Schools to Community Living & Learning Labs (CL3)
  • Sustainable Innovation through Energy, Information and Access

Your participation in this webinar contributes to a crucial dialogue aimed at ensuring that no  community is left behind in the digital age, and your recommendations will help inform the  path towards an inclusive digital future, and smart energy solutions.

The webinar is part of the capacity building programme and linked to the online course SESA  experts created on the NUA campus platform.

About SESA

SESA’s primary goal is to address climate change and prevent situations of technological  entrenchment, all while enhancing access to sustainable energy through cost-effective and  dependable means. As such, digital connectivity and access to rural areas is a catalyst to  ensure this goal.

The project’s objective is to ensure that its actions can be readily replicated on a large scale.  In pursuit of surpassing conventional practices and maximising the project’s influence,  collaborative innovations will be co-developed with local partners. Furthermore, the project will  maintain close cooperation with similar initiatives to capitalise on shared advantages. Read  more and sign up to the SESA newsletter to be updated on project development.

Agenda

 

GDPR

GDPR Compliance: By attending this webinar, I agree to allow the organisers of the SESA webinar,  taking place from 24th October 2023, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST (16:00 – 17:30 EAT / 15:00 – 16:30 CEST),to publish and distribute the webinar recording in all forms and in all media. This includes but is not limited  to digital distribution on the SESA project website and its social media channels, as well as those of its  partners. The consent is given without a temporal or spatial limit and can only be withdrawn on a solid  ground.

The project’s objective is to ensure that its actions can be readily replicated on a large scale.  In pursuit of surpassing conventional practices and maximising the project’s influence,  collaborative innovations will be co-developed with local partners. Furthermore, the project will  maintain close cooperation with similar initiatives to capitalise on shared advantages. Read  more and sign up to the SESA newsletter to be updated on project development.

SESA Project Regional Event in Ghana

SESA Project Regional Event in Ghana

SESA – Smart Energy Solutions for Africa is a collaborative project between the European Union and nine African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania) that aims at providing access to energy technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa.

The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. An integral element of the SESA project is Regional Capacity Building in West Africa, North Africa, East Africa, and South Africa. The capacity building is to facilitate the seamless integration and upscaling of proven technologies and innovative business models for sustainable and smart energy solutions at both the national and local levels. In Ghana, the project is working with relevant stakeholders to delve deep into existing barriers and pinpoint critical policy gaps in selected energy technology solutions. This analytical groundwork will lay the foundation for the development of refined policy recommendations and, the upscaling of proven technologies to innovative business models for sustainable energy.

The regional event is being hosted by Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED, Kumasi), which is a Consortium member of the SESA project. The event is also supported by SESA Consortium members: ICLEI Africa, ICLEI Europe, Technical University Berlin (TUB), Smart Innovation Norway, and Urban Electric Mobility Initiative.

Given the above, we kindly invite academics and policymakers with expertise in energy, stakeholders, and SMEs in renewable energy in Ghana and the West African sub-region to participate in the event being organized by SESA and its partners to validate identified barriers hindering the upscaling of smart energy technologies in Ghana and West Africa as a whole.

We anticipate your participation and look forward to your invaluable contributions to our shared vision of a sustainable energy future.

RSVP

Magdalena Sikorowska

SESA Project Coordinator

Brussels-Belgium

Contact email: magdalena.sikorowska@iclei.org

 

Prof. Isaac Boateng

Ag. Director, ITPDLL

AAMUSTED – Kumasi, Ghana

isaac.boateng@aamusted.edu.gh

Ancestral and Cultural Futuring: Speculative Design in an Indigenous ovaHimba context

Ancestral and Cultural Futuring: Speculative Design in an Indigenous ovaHimba context

Authors:

Chris Muashekele (AAU), Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (NUST), Kasper Rodil (AAU), Alphons Koruhama (NUST)

Executive summary:

This paper presents the first instance and experience of futuring in two indigenous ovaHimba communities in northwest Namibia. Over a series of sessions, we, as part of a broad green energy access project, explore futuring to stimulate and invoke alternative green energy use cases. These alternatives are premised on the opposition of the dominant needs-based and interventionist approach and imagination of unorthodox green energy utilisation that supersedes mainstream, rudimentary and obvious energy use. We reflect on the application of futuring, particularly speculative design, in an indigenous context, highlighting the communities’ back-looking future perspective, and relevance and influence of ancestry and culture over the future. As well as accentuate the friction towards speculative design, arguing for its appropriation and alignment to a more grounded design approach. Moreover, we indicate the agency that it provides, allowing local participants to re-evaluate their values and practices and simultaneously determine the integration of technology into the future.

 

Futuring from an indigenous community stance: projecting temporal duality from the past into the future

Futuring from an indigenous community stance: projecting temporal duality from the past into the future

Authors:

Chris Muashekele (AAU), Kasper Rodil (AAU), Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (NUST), Christof Magoath (Donkerbos community)

Executive summary:

This paper presents the first instance and experience of futuring with a rural San community from the Kalahari desert in Donkerbos, Namibia. Over a series of sessions we explore divergent speculative design and design fiction methods to stimulate and invoke alternative green energy use cases. These alternatives are premised on the imagination of unorthodox green energy use, superseding interventionist energy use which is constantly propagated and mainstream. We showcase the application of speculative design and design fiction in challenging the dominant interventionist approach and singular temporal view, resulting in a dissentient dual temporality. As well as demonstrate its utility and inadequacies in transitioning an African rural indigenous community into the speculative, arguing for the appropriation and widening of futuring methods in an African context.