Smart Villages webinars

In conjunction with the Smart Villages Initiative, the LCEDN is hosting monthly webinars which focus on a different topic relating to energy development each month. These webinars have been hugely successful to date, drawing in large audiences from diverse career backgrounds.


Upcoming webinars.

22 June 2017, 14:00 GMT onwards (1 hour approx.). The webinar topic will be ‘Reaping the benefits of energy access: gender, policy and practice’. Please register for the webinar at the following link: webinar registration

In this webinar, we’ll be joined by several speakers who will speak about their experience with gender & energy policy and practice in the context of rural development. We’ll be guided by questions such as – what must still be done at the policy level to ensure that women and girls have access to energy – and that they benefit from this access? (In terms of economic benefits, education, health, etc.). How can we ensure via policy that men, women, and children benefit from energy access & achieve positive outcomes for all communities / family? In practice, what has been achieved thus far in communities? What must still be done? How can national energy / gender policies best be implemented at the local level and encourage women’s entrepreneurship and leadership? Join us for this exciting and important webinar, where we’ll be joined by the following speakers:

  • Ana Rojas, Gender and Energy Task Manager for the GGO’s Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) programme
  • Govind Kelkar, Landesa Rural Development Institute / Energia Network
  • Moni Gupta, University of Cambridge / Co-founder of Mobile Education for Smart Technology
  • Sayouba Guira, Director, Nafa Naana Gratiano Widi, Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia Program Manager, Kopernik



18 July 2017, 14:00 GMT onwards. The webinar topic will be ‘Unintended Consequences of Development Interventions’. Further details including guest speakers, and registration link to follow.


Past webinars.

Most recently held:

30 May 2017, 14:00 GMT. Webinar topic was ‘A breath of fresh air: What’s next for clean cookstoves?’. 

The webinar can be viewed at:

Clean cookstoves have made great strides in recent years, helping to solve the huge challenge of indoor air pollution, the fourth biggest health risk in the developing world. This is an urgent task: 1.9 million people die each year around the world from exposure to smoke from cooking, and 3 billion people are using dangerous, polluting, and inefficient cookstoves each and every day. This especially impacts women and the children who breathe smoke during cooking. Fortunately, researchers, the private sector, civil society and others are helping to solve the pressing problem of how to keep people healthy while they are cooking. In this webinar, we asked: what’s next for clean cookstoves? What challenges remain? What solutions have already been discovered? And how to we get clean cooking solutions to the people who need them most?

The following speakers contributed to the webinar:

  • Sumi Mehta, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO, Envirofit International
  • Ruben Walker, Co-Founder and Commercial Director, African Clean Energy
  • Mike Clifford, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • Simon Batchelor, Founder, Gamos


Webinar archives:

All past webinars can be accessed at




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