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Radio Netherlands Worldwide cover recent Pamoja visit in news article

“A delegation of Ugandans and Rwandans working in the energy sector came all the way to Holland to talk rubbish. Yes, that’s right. Your average pile of garbage hides a sustainable energy source.

Museveni would be so pleased if he saw this. Uganda could get rid of all the rubbish on the streets and increase its energy supplies!” Belinda Mabangi can hardly hide her excitement upon approaching the Attero waste energy plant. The expert in solar panels and hybrid energy is one of the delegates on a trade mission to explore sustainable energy options.”

 See video and Read more at Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Globe Forum Dublin

Pamoja Cleantech team was invited to participate at the Globe Forum in Dublin. The event was interesting from a networking perspective. I met with a lot of interesting contacts for the future when we are a little further down the road. Also I was glad to talk to representatives from KIVA. Their East African presence is definately something we will look closer at. Also having the chance to talk to former Irish president Mary Robinson was a pleasure. Most of all I was looking forward to hear Dipal Chandra Barua of Bright Green Energy Foundation. Read more

Pamoja Cleantech featured in Kauppapolitiikka 4/2010

Pamoja Cleantech with co-founder Peik Stenlund and engineer Nasrullah Muhammed was interviewed in Kauppapolitiikka – a specialized magazine on international trade policy and business. The magazine is published by the Finnish Foreign Ministry and distributed among 11 000 international trade experts and organisations, as well as private persons, universities, libraries and other educational institutions with special interests in the topic. See pages 16 -20.

SU Innovation – New Strategy to Support Social Entrepreneurs

Stockholm University has received funding from the European Social Fund to create a new incubator for social entrepreneurs! This means the incubator is going to develop a toolkit to support and encourage social innovation over a 3 -year period.

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Nordic Africa Days : Time Space Africa: Reconnecting the continent

After the eventful week in Helsinki it was time to relocate to the historical riverside town of Turku. The event took place in Åbo Akademi´s Arken house, in the heart of the old ironmill block.

Nordic Africa days was organized by different nordic universities and institutions such as Nordic Africa Institute. Most of the participants were researchers from nordic universities, and the keynote speacers were international experts.

Few keynote speakers worth mentioning were author/professor  Mahmood Mamdani, who has written may interesting books. And Joyce Nyairo Program officer of media and civil society in  the Ford foundation in Kenya.  She talked about the changes in media, radios and television in east Africa

The focus of the event was more in social sciences and culture than in technology. That was one of the various reasons why the seminar was so interesting, challenging and beneficial. Talking to people with different backgrounds, from political sciences and urbanization researchers to gender issue specialists was really insipring. Getting to know Africa from non-energy or non-environmental angle  is in my aspect really important to the European Pamoja team. Read more

Mobile Africa Summit

Pamoja Cleantech attended Europe’s largest event on mobile business in Africa -The Mobile Africa Event in Helsinki. Felix pitched the “Sprouts of Sustainability” concept and the feedback was great. I have a feeling something conrete and good is still to come from us meeting all these new people at this event. Thanks to the Mobile Brain Bank  for great hosting.

Mobile Africa Public Report

News coverage: - Mobile Africa Summit Provides Platform for Start-Ups - Nokia sees mobile surge in Africa

The Economist: Energy in the Developing World – Power to the People

The September Issue of the Economist touched upon the matter Pamoja is dealing with. Interestingly, the article starts with something which could be Pamoja’s problem statement:

AROUND 1.5 billion people, or more than a fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity, and a billion more have only an unreliable and intermittent supply. Of the people without electricity, 85% live in rural areas or on the fringes of cities. Extending energy grids into these areas is expensive.”

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Inspiring times

Time is running fast when you have fun. The Stockholm times so far has been wonderful. One day we work from morning to evening in order to finish business proposals or budget layouts, another day goes by with intense planning or brainstorming combined with tons of emails. One day is not similar to the other one.

Just a week or so ago we were hosting a guest from Denmark. Kresten Buch, Founder of HumanIPO, seed investor and entrepreneur. He paid us a visit at the office for some morning coffee. We had the chance to show him our plans and we got some valuable feedback. Our business model got essential push forward. 

At lunchtime we all headed to Kyrkan, the entreprenuerial hub for social entrepreneurs in Stockholm.It was a lot of fun to visit Kyrkan since a lot familiar faces and friends were present. We had a chat with Arne from Global Focus who shared his thoughts with us and encouraged us to move forward. It was inspiring indeed to discuss crowdsourcing among other topics with him. Hopefully, something concrete comes out of Arne and Kresten meeting each other.

We were also discussing the lack of a meeting place for social entrepreneurs to actually connect with investors – there is even a broader lack of an open-minded meeting place between actors from different fields and entrepreneurs, not to mention a place where academia can meet business people and social innovators!