Green Bio Energy

System-thinking creates efficiency in production of clean energy solutions

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Partner: Green Bio Energy Ltd. Year: 2015 Sector: System Design

The Challenge:

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The training took place in Adjumani, over the course of three months. Thirty youth participants between 15-31 years of age were trained from both the Ugandan host-community and South Sudanese refugees.

They consisted of both genders, and with education levels ranging from primary school to diplomas. The participants came from several different villages and refugee settlements, were divided into six teams, with a mix from host- and refugee communities.  

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Solution

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ADC took the participants through a complete design process; identifying and framing challenges; researching to understand the challenges deeper; creating ideas, concepts and prototypes, pilots and implementation. The sessions were held in a community youth center, and consisted of lectures, group work and mentorship.

Every new method introduced followed the same pattern; the facilitators presented the method and made a demonstration, involved the participants, then had the teams try the methods and apply it to their self-chosen project (“Hear, Try, Apply”). Every session started and ended with joint and individual reflection on the process, understanding how the different steps relate to the overall process of designing meaningful, relevant, useful and desirable solutions.

Key Activities

  • Ethnographic user and systems research and context analysis was conducted using interviews, workshops, surveys, site visits, focus groups, observational studies, and contextual inquiry. This ensured that all factors that relate to the context were identified for development of a tailored programme that suited the varying literacy levels and capacity of participants.Calendar and calculation tool to inform beneficiaries on when they are supposed to work and how much they earn if they go to work.
  • Participants were guided through product and service design and field testing of their new solutions developed during the training. The designs were prototyped and piloted, and ranged from farming tools, sanitation products, youth groups and financial planning tools.

   

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