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Can you imagine life without access to electricity? Worldwide, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity. In East Africa alone electricity does not reach 620 million people – fully two-thirds of the population. Many of these people can be served using off-grid electricity solutions, which are rapidly becoming more cost competitive than grid extension. However, by reviewing past off-grid efforts, CSU has learned that electrification often fails for a combination of technical and non-technical reasons. 

That’s why CSU has assembled the Smart Village Minigrid project team, led by Principal Investigator Daniel Zimmerle.  

Recently Dr. Zimmerle's team shared photos with us that we wanted to share with you!  

Photo credits: CSU Smart Village Minigrid team

CSU Professor Dr. Brian Foy, who is interested in employing a unique way to control mosquito-borne diseases like malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and also arboviruses like West Nile virus here in Colorado, shares with us his motivation for his work:

Dr. Kathy Galvin, Director of the Africa Center, recently shared her personal experiences of researching and working in Africa. 

“I wanted to go to Africa since high school. I had a friend then whose father was a diplomat in Kenya and she had stories about caravanning overland from Nairobi, Kenya to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. I wanted to do the same. It was not until I was in graduate school and trained to do human diet intake and nutritional status among a group of nomadic pastoralists in Kenya that I got the chance.” 

It was this chance that changed Dr. Galvin forever.  

Photo credit: Dr. Kathy Galvin: Dr. Galvin interviewing in Kenya

Check out this recent article from OZY, Kenya’s Digital Economy Is Booming.  

Photo credit: OZY.com

We recommend you read this recent article from The Conversation, An integrated, sustainable fix is key to solving Africa’s energy woes by Mark Booth.

Photo credit: Shutterstock, obtained from The Conversation

Stacy Lynn, a member of the Africa Center leadership team would like to share the recent establishment of the African Drylands Institute of Sustainability (ADIS).

This article by Gregory Warner and Laura Starecheski explains how difficult obtaining an education can be for girls, and describes the steps they have taken to overcome some of these challenges.

We recommend this latest article from OZY, "Rwanda's Radical Approach to Farming" by Morris Weintraub to learn what farmers in Rwanda are doing differently.

Photo credit: OZY/Morris Weintraub

Did you know Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s most rapidly growing region? Check out this interesting article from The Conversation, "Why smart agricultural development is needed in Africa’s savannas" that discusses solutions to a growing population.  

Photo credit: The Conversation

Read this recent article from  and  published by The Conversation, which discusses renewable energy projects, and the importance of collaboration, in South Africa.

Power to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort 

Photo Credit: The Conversation: Solar panels are installed at a project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Copyright Droogfontein Solar Power

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