SPARKNET is an interdisciplinary interactive Knowledge Network focusing on energy for low-income households in Southern and East Africa. SPARKNET is sponsored by the European Commission's 5th Framework Programme for Research under the research and technological development programme Confirming the International Role of Community Research (INCO). Acting as a virtual community and meeting / publishing through the internet - both the world wide web and email - SPARKNET brings together stakeholders from seven countries in Southern and East Africa and three from the European Union around the issue of energy and poverty in low-income households.
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Sparknet is a multi-stakeholder interactive Knowledge Network focusing on how people, in the context of acute poverty, can gain access to better energy services and improve their livelihoods.
The network aims to make available resources for policy makers, companies, and civil society on energy poverty in Southern and East Africa. These are published through the network website www.sparknet.info. Sparknet focuses on three key themes - Health, Gender and Forestry - and the relationship of these issues with energy poverty. Outputs include country overviews, scenario analyses, and policy assessments. Two e-conferences were held during the project - one on the scenarios (see Sparknet Scenario Conference), and another on policies (see Sparknet Policy Conference).
- Scenario e-conference - was held 27 September to 7 October 2004
- Policy e-conference - was held 14 February to 25 February 2005
Participation in our e-conferences is free, and no travelling or accommodation is needed. We are also not inviting submission new papers to this conference, although we welcome your contributions (in the form of mini-papers / notes / questions / suggestions) during discussions.
Teodoro.Sanchez at itdg.org.uk or Grant Ballard-Tremeer on grant at ecoharmony.com