IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Magazine - July 2019 - 45

and scripted, daily classes to assist
covering vocational trades and
teachers who have limited pedasupplementary learning in English
The ISV structures
gogical proficiency. ISV entrepreand mathematics. Lessons are
its programs not
neurs have implemented a range of
recorded by local instructors and
innovative education technolodelivered to schools and homes via
only to provide
a local intranet, as illustrated in
gies, in cluding EmpowerSchool
electricity but also
Figures 2 and 3.
(developed by E mpowerPa ck
Vocational training programs
Social Purpose Corp.), Rachel PI
to drive communityare designed to maximize the
(by World Possible), Blue Box (by
based education and
oppor tu n ities for com mu n it y
Worldreader), and Talking Books
development of local
members to engage in new entre(by Mavis Computel).
preneur ia l activ ities that a re
All ISV community entrepreentrepreneurship.
made possible by access to elecneurs participate in a collaboratricity. The course offerings comtive network promoting the open
bine ha nds- on activ ities with
sharing of lessons learned, best
basic business aptitudes and fundamental literacy,
practices, training curricula, and business plans for both
numeracy, and social skills. Combined with a focus on
minigrid construction and microbusinesses focused on
women's empowerment, several ISV community entreproductive uses of energy. This forum for open innovation
preneurs, such as The Maa Trust in Kenya and United
and information exchange enables each successive round
for Hope in India, have enabled hundreds of women and
of projects to increase the replicability, scalability, and
girls to pursue employment opportunities in IT and the
sustainability of minigrid applications worldwide. Addiproduction of traditional crafts, which are distributed in
tionally, project managers and community leaders have
the global marketplace (Figures 4 and 5).
access to a practitioner-oriented master's degree in develImproved K-12 education is included as one of the
opment practice through an online program provided by
immediate, productive uses of energy. The majority of
Regis University, Denver, Colorado, and the ISV Global
schools in ISV-funded communities lack critical educaClassroom at the Posner Center for International Develoption resources, including electricity, Internet access, clean
ment, Denver, for 2% of the cost of a traditional degree.
water, safe sanitation, required textbooks, course materiPraxis courses in monitoring and evaluation techniques
als, and access to mandatory government curricula and
are provided to help accelerate the collection of metrics
exams. Access to electricity from minigrids enables the
and impact data.
creation of digital classrooms (Figures 6 and 7) supplied
The three-pronged approach to community developwith electronic copies of government curricula, textbooks,
ment is proving to be a sustainable method. With more

Figure 4. Led by The Maa Trust in Kenya, nearly 600

women work in vocational careers in beadwork and
honey farming. A participant displays her produce.

Figure 5. In Uttar Pradesh, India, United for Hope

leads numerous programs helping young women
develop business skills and acquire job training,
including sewing.

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