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  • Front page of the ToT Socio Technical Manual on Eco-Village Development in South Asia
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    Manual on Participatory Planning, Technology and Knowledge Transfer of Eco-Village Development (EVD) in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Published by the Eco-Village Development Project Partners: INFORSE, INFORSE-South Asia, INSEDA in India, CRT/N in Nepal, IDEA in Sri Lanka, Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh, CAN-South Asia and DIB (project coordinator) in Denmark.

    132 pages. 2018 December. Available: English, Hindi, Nepali, Bangla, and Sinhala.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    Germany
    Relation to CTCN
    Network Member
    Sector(s) of expertise
    Renewable energy
    Energy efficiency

    MicroEnergy International (MEI) is a German private consulting organisation providing targeted technical assistance and training services to microfinance institutions, clean energy technology providers, policy makers, and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

  • CTCN
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    Water resources are greatly impacted by the effects of climate change, and so it comes as no surprise that many of the programmes implemented by PPCR countries focus on enhancing water resilience. The case studies presented here, provide some examples of how PPCR countries in the Caribbean are working towards achieving this goal through decentralised solution. 

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    Bangladesh
    Relation to CTCN
    TA proponent

    The Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) was established by the government of Bangladesh in 1990 with the intent to alleviate poverty through generating employment opportunities. PKSF disburses funds to microfinance institutions (MFIs) to implement development programs.

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    Providing credit is the primary goal of microfinance projects. But on its own this can be an ineffective response to chronic poverty. Research from India has shown that projects which take a broader approach can yield surprising results. A report from India's Utkal University describes the model of self-help groups used by the Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD). Questioning conventional wisdom in the microfinance industry, it argues that credit by itself will never lift marginalised women out of poverty.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    Germany
    Relation to CTCN
    Network Member
    Sector(s) of expertise
    Renewable energy
    Energy efficiency

    Mobisol delivers a clean, affordable alternative to fossil fuels for low-income households living without reliable access to energy.

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    This paper talks about possibilities of using microfinance as a coping strategy or tool for reducing peoples’ vulnerability to climate change. In doing so, the paper identifies possible links between microfinance services and climate adaptation and highlights the opportunities and the risks for reducing vulnerability among the world’s poorest populations. Reducing peoples’ vulnerability to climate change is closely linked to the poverty reduction agenda, since poverty is both a condition and determinant of vulnerability.

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    Experiences of several Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in disaster-prone areas have demonstrated that access to microfinance services can support disaster preparedness and risk reduction by decreasing client vulnerability. When clients have access to needed financial services during crisis situations, the impact of the disaster may considerably lessen. This guidebook is rooted in the philosophy that providing services which enable clients to prepare for future crises and mitigate their impacts is major element of the work MFIs do.