Approach

With a constant focus on serving the unserved and the underserved, the Foundation is tied to process learning and continual user feedback, with strong partnerships at each step.

1. Needs Identification

We emphasise  in-depth understanding of local community needs, preferences and priorities first–and solutions to follow. Participatory approaches to design and field testing yield better results that will be more acceptable to potential end-users.The Labs also understands ‘the poor’ is not a homogeneous group, and understanding their needs requires more nuanced appreciation of local dynamics, contexts and segments of users.

2. Finding Innovations

We identify and/or develop innovative solutions to address user’s needs. We then pilot and prototype financial, technical and community dissemination models on the field.

3. Knowledge sharing and capacity building

Our learning (both failures and successes)are accessible and shared widely for the general benefit of society. The Foundation aims to use all available channels to disseminate knowledge gained. We believe in informing and supporting key stakeholders in the sustainable energy sector and creating awareness and discussion of energy access issues.

4. Policy Interventions

The Foundation is committed to channeling learning from the field towards public policy. We believe in the power of informed policy-making to support impoverished communities, social enterprises and the sustainable energy sector.