Wellbeing of African villagers within their community empowered by sustainable new energy services

Tutkimustuotos: Licenciate's thesis


One percent of a world population earns over 20 000 USD per year, while the other 99 percent struggle to survive. Although acknowledging the valuable development work, which several non-governmental organizations have accomplished, this licentiate thesis demonstrates how to bridge these two separate worlds and build sustainable flourishing learning Village Community. The face-to-face interview study, literature review, and reference studies highlight the needs of villagers and the role of sustainable energy services, which are capable of empowering African villagers and their wellbeing.
Collaborative change processes utilized the power of critical realism in complex system and participatory action research in multidisciplinary learning organizations. This study found that concrete prosocial goals are able to catalyze sustainable social changes and are recommended for development co-operation work. The generated change processes are the service creation process and technology transfer process, which made it possible to create new sustainable services — Safe and Healthy Lighting, Clean Water, and Drip Irrigation to Food Markets — based on solar socio-technical systems. This thesis adopts these building blocks to construct the MOYO concept, which this study found to be agile in empowering not only villagers, but also partners. This concept could act as a change engine to develop viable business environment around sustainable new services and take advantage of promising food markets in Africa, as exemplified by exports of organic products.
This MOYO concept is scalable and it can be leveraged to extend agricultural businesses as exemplified by a juice factory. This future process-based factory is recommended for integration with waste gasification to produce heat and electricity and tackle the pollution problem in larger communities and cities around villages — the management of municipal waste, agricultural and forest residues
Myöntävä instituutio
  • Aalto-yliopisto
  • Halonen, Liisa, Vastuuprofessori
  • Bhusal, Pramod, Ohjaaja
  • Tähkämö, Leena, Ohjaaja
TilaJulkaistu - 16 kesäk. 2015
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