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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Madagascar 2019

Submitted by: Barefoot College
Barefoot College Global Solar Initiative

Barefoot College is committed to empowering Women as change agents, entrepreneurs & environmental stewards. Semi-literate to illiterate women from around the world travel from their non-electrified communities in India and immerse themselves in a 6 months training to become barefoot solar engineers (Solar Mamas)

Initial situation
Over 1.2 billion people across the world live without access to electricity, and most of who live in the least developed countries. In this situation, people use local/traditional (harmful) lighting alternatives or migrate to urban areas. Use of traditional fuel such as kerosene, firewood and charcoal has led to an increase in fossil fuel dependence resulting in environmental degradation.

Women Barefoot Solar Engineers (WBSEs) play a key role in sustaining and replicating solar technology in rural communities, changing the perception of what defines a ‘professional’ in rural villages and challenging both age and gender stereotypes. To complement and leverage the success of the Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineering Initiative, Barefoot College has developed a “graduation” model, called Enriche that disseminates information on 8 pillars of knowledge, necessary for women to take up a more substantive role in enterprise development at the community level.

The Barefoot Approach integrates state of the art technology, cohesive community stakeholder engagement and a sustainable financial model for repair and maintenance within communities; specifically designed for and with, semi-literate and illiterate rural poor. WBSEs are responsible for the installation, repair and maintenance of solar panels in their communities. They are also responsible to share and disseminate this demystified technology with members of their community and train other women, passing on their knowledge and sustaining the model.

Capital: Antananarivo
Official language: Malagasy, French
Total area: 587.041 km²
Population: 21.926.221
GDP/Capita/Year: $320
Source: Wikipedia 2012