In my last posting, I mentioned the importance of securing new funding to scale up activities. I’ve got some great news to share today and that is that our efforts to secure more financial resources have borne fruit in that we’ve just received news that we’re one of 12 winners of the biennial Dubai Awards.
Now that your project is a success, you’re going to want to do more of it to impact more people in more and different contexts. How do you do it?
I am really in a rush, I am leaving Vientiane to participate in The Tech Award ceremony, organized by The Tech Museum in San Jose, California in the next hours. We were selected as a Laureate for one of our innovative concept of selling Light per hour with portable battery lanterns charged by a central village charging station operated by a village entrepreneur.
BATTANPUN, Cambodia – Some 30 people gathered in late February 2008 to talk about their experience using a rope pump that was introduced to the village a few months earlier. Many stopped by on their way home from the fields, asked questions and considered the pump.
We recently held a session on linking communities to markets during the Development Marketplace 2008 with about 40 finalists from all over the world. This was an excellent session and well received, but I realized one thing during the event: When you discuss how to link communities to markets, you’re assuming that the communities are mobilized, are actively participating in the project, and feel a sense of ownership. But how do you get to that point?
Once you complete your project, there’ll be time for reflection and celebration but not too much! Likely your project has successfully piloted a new innovation but it remains just that, a pilot. Peoples’ lives will have been changed and you’ll have learned an enormous amount, so now the challenge is to have an even bigger impact by helping change the existing paradigm in your field or in the region where you work.
I’ve been reflecting on further lessons learned from our project that I could share with everyone. I’ve come up a number and they’re all interlinked. The first is that inevitably when you’re implementing innovative projects in complex contexts, you’re going to need to work with partners.
As the recently named Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department -- one of DM2008's funders --Juergen Voegele is leading a vigorous effort to re-energize and broaden the World Bank's commitment to agricultural development. During his peripatetic rounds of the competition, Voegele sat down for this mini-interview:
Q. What are your impressions of what you see on the floor of the exhibition?
The project implementation of lighting for the Kondh tribes, was one speckled with many a issue. There were issues with production of light to the maintenance and user fee collection.
I was greatly excited when the DM team suggested that I join the blog and share my experiences on the subject of ‘Lighting for the poor” and the Development Marketplace.