The Lab aims to build an energy system that is sustainable and people-centered. It connects citizens (consumers, producers, sellers) with pioneers and changemakers to share ideas, gather evidence and develop models for sector change.
Why the lab works in Tanzania
Tanzania’s energy sector is in transition, with promising developments in energy financing, policy, and entrepreneurship. But there is much more investment in the grid and fossil fuels than in providing energy in remote areas and expanding decentralized models. Hivos wants to ensure this transition will deliver reliable renewable energy, jobs and business opportunities without threatening the environment. And we want to see investment of new gas revenues for the public good.
How a lab like this operates
That’s why Hivos and IIED Energy Change Lab started in 2015. The lab is an open space, hub or platform for local stakeholders in and outside the energy sector. Here they can find ways to increase job creation in the energy sector and broaden decentralized energy distribution. This involves creative thinking, innovative approaches and new business models. The lab also offers programs for young people to help them capitalize on the energy transition’s opportunities. Finally, the Lab conducts research to build evidence and support its prototyping work. It shares these findings to benefit sector-wide learning and stimulate dialogue in energy forums in Tanzania and globally.
Tanzania and globally