From Beneficiary to Community Leader: Capacity Building through a Renewable Energy Project in Rwanda

Kenneth W.K. Lo, Stephen C.F. Chan, Grace Ngai, John Kalenzi, Phanuel Sindayehaba, Innocent Habiyaremye

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This paper describes a strategy to build community capacity to address the challenge of SDG#7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) through an international student service-learning programme. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University partnered with an NGO in Rwanda in a four-year collaborative effort to electrify a semi-rural village in Rwanda with solar power. For sustainability, we developed a three-tier capacity building model that combined efforts from university students (who provide the technical expertise), strengths and expertise of a partnering local NGO (who had previously developed a community support infrastructure in the form of strong self-help groups), and community commitment and support (who provide the manpower initially and subsequently acquired the technical capacity).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages(electronic version)
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117805
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Event9th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 17 Oct 201920 Oct 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019


Conference9th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • capacity building
  • electrification
  • informal training
  • partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health(social science)

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