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From: Molly Hurley Depret <>
Date: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 6:52 PM
Subject: Webinar 26 July: Off-grid but Online: ICT in the last mile
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Off-grid but Online: ICT in the last mile

Join The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages on

Wedneday 26 July 2017, 9am EST / 2pm UK 


ICT is clearly a game changer both for on-grid and off-grid areas of the world. With smartphones, people in remote, "last mile" areas are increasingly gaining access to the internet and gaining access to information, social media, entertainment, and communication with far-flung family and friends. But mobile phones aren't the only way that ICT is changing lives in off-grid areas. In this webinar, we'll be joined by several speakers who will bring their expertise in ICT in off-grid contexts to the table. We'll address a series of questions including: how can ICT / mobile technology be used to improve development outcomes? How can it impact health, education, and agriculture and livelihoods? What is next on the horizon for disruptive ICT technologies for off-grid communities?

Join us for this exciting and important webinar, where we'll be joined by the following speakers:
  • Jay Evans, Medic Mobile
  • Richard Mori, Mesh Power
  • Suhas P. Wani, ICRISAT / CGIAR


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Each presentation will be 10 minutes, leaving time for questions at the end. 

The webinar will be posted on

We welcome your ideas for future webinars! 
Please get in touch with Molly Hurley-Dépret ( or Ed Brown (

Please check in advance that your organisation allows you to use GoToWebinar, or log in via the Instant Join App (desktop) or the mobile app for iPhone/iPad and Android devices. 


The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across the United Kingdom to expand research capacity around low-carbon development in the countries of the Global South.

It links existing expertise in international development, renewable energy transitions and science and technology studies in order to enhance and support interdisciplinary research, learning and policy-formation for this increasingly important and rapidly changing field.

The LCEDN comprises internationally-renowned universities and thriving energy research institutes, alongside partnerships with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and expanding worldwide associations. This enables a unique environment for dialogue, discussion and the generation of ideas for funding.

About Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative is a global initiative that aims to provide policymakers, donors, and development agencies concerned with rural energy access across the Global South with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. We are have chosen to focus on remote off-grid villages, where local solutions (home- or institution-based systems, and mini-grids) are both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Our concern is to ensure that energy access results in development and the creation of ‘smart villages’ in which rural communities have access to healthcare, education, clean water, ICT, and livelihoods. See our recent publications and workshop reports here:

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