Author: Brenda

Innovation for resilience and inclusive development

Almedalen and the cathedral of Visby in background.

Date: Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Time: 12:00 – 12:45 CEST

Venue: Donnersgatan 6, Visby, Gotland, Sweden & online

Reliance on centralized systems for the provision of critical services increases society’s vulnerability to natural hazards, demographic changes, but also conflict. In urban areas, aging infrastructure coupled with lack of infrastructure redundancy leads to shortages in service provision. In areas with conflict, centralized systems often fall under attack, causing a wave of cascading effects on systems and societies, as recently witnessed in Ukraine. In rural and developing areas, centralized infrastructure will never be attainable due to high capital and maintenance costs. Regardless of the context, there is a clear need to diversify systems and attain a certain degree of infrastructure independence.

In this event we delve into how the private sector in Sweden can work closer with development and humanitarian operations to accelerate progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) while fostering Swedish innovation. The event will showcase experiences from a selection of the 28 partners from Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Europe of the quadruple helix Vinnova sponsored project “sWASH&grow”. 

Panelists:

  • Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP 
  • Josephine Sundqvist, Secretary-General, LM International (Läkarmissionen) 
  • Patrik Stalgren, Head of Unit for Strategic Partnerships, Private sector, Innovation and New methods at Sida 
  • Mårten Björk, innovator and entrepreneur within the network “Urban Tech Sweden” 
  • Jan Furuvald, chairman, SWEACC – Swedish East African Chamber of Commerce 

Presentation: Karina Barquet and Olle Olsson, SEI 

Moderator: Sten Stenbeck, RISE 

Organizers: SEI – Stockholm Environment institute, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and LM International (Läkarmissionen) 

This will be a hybrid event. Join us on-site or online below.

About Almedalen

Almedalen Week is an annual meeting place in Sweden where a range of actors from the public, private and non-profit sector, together with political representatives and media, meet to debate and discuss various societal issues.

Read the full program on the Almedalen website.

Ecobarge – Producing and storing sustainable water and energy

Date: Thursday, 19 May at 1400 – 1500

Venue: Convendum, Biblioteksgatan 29, Stockholm; and online.

Urban Tech Sweden presents ECOBARGE –  a floating platform – modular, scalable and mobile with integrated sustainable technologies. For cities, islands or during crisis.

ECOBARGE invites: 

  • Tech people with innovations who seek orders and testbeds for scaling 
  • Investors who want to explore sustainable, safe investments
  • Communities with a need of solutions for local development and financing

The event is free of charge. You will network with stakeholders from existing projects.

Matchmaking activity – for extended export (water and energy) 

Image: The Manta Resort

On 6th October 2021, Urban Tech Sweden (UTS) with its member ElectriCITY Innovation, held a Matchmaking-event where innovations were presented for two projects: Eco-tourism at Manta, Zanzibar and Deep Energy Retrofit in New York.

The event focused on how to produce off-grid water and energy in the sWASH & grow project. Companies presented innovations on: how to store energy, how to clean and wash without detergent, skip chlorine in pools and how to integrate urban farming with buildings energy and ventilation systems. 

The matchmaking event included the following innovations:

Innovations for Eco-tourism at Manta

  • Drupps – Water production from the atmosphere 
  • Stella Futura – Affordable Green Energy 
  • Naturpooler – Pools with biological treatment 
  • Swatab – Cleaning and washing without detergent 
  • Wostman – Low-flushing toilets that saves up to 95% water 
  • Deep Energy Retrofit in New York – Looking for Grid and Building related solutions

Innovations for Deep Energy Retrofit in New York 

  • Soltech – Integrated aesthetic solar cell-solutions for roofs and façades 
  • Ecoclime – Circular thermal energy systems and smart property automation
  • SaltX – Clean and sustainable energy storage in nano coated salts
  • 3eflow – A new way of using water
  • SweGreen – Integrating urban farming with buildings energy and ventilation systems
  • A new tool for a Business-model and financing

Read more about the innovations and event outcomes in the report below.

Cutting through the aid reporting chaos: recommendations for better procurement and reporting for WASH and beyond

A lack of coherent tracking and procurement presents challenges to innovators in the fields of humanitarian aid and development. That leads international organizations to miss out on tools to help them with their work. The authors present an overview of the current situation, based on a literature review of donor organizations and interviews of innovators and aid/development organization actors, and make recommendations to improve the tracking systems to open them to innovation.

This report provides an overview of the approaches and platforms used by donor organizations at the funding, procuring, and reporting stages of humanitarian and development operations. The authors illustrate the barriers to entry for innovators who may have solutions for donation recipients — international aid and development organizations.

They found that no coherent system tracks aid flows throughout development and humanitarian aid processes. Furthermore, little transparency exists in exiting reporting systems, and there is a need to clarify responsibilities and create a coherent, user-friendly format for reporting and verification.

The authors make concrete recommendations for improving the overall situation.

Key recommendations:

  • Clarify responsibilities for the reporting process for all stakeholders;
  • Harmonize and improve reporting formats for efficacy and transparency;
  • Improve the entry of innovations by:
    – improving transparency starting from procurement and moving through execution to reporting and evaluation;
    – providing better guidance and verification for reporting for solution providers; and
    – developing a more user-friendly platform and information flow/guidance for solution providers in the humanitarian procurement system.

Evaluation of the SaniC in Bolivia

SaniC – Bolivia

According to FAO (1998), the Valle Alto region in Cochabamba has a series of problems that limit agricultural production, most notably water deficit and low land productivity. The report notes that the low productivity of the land is due to the low natural fertility of the soils and their salinity and sodicity.

Cliza’s faecal sludge pilot plant seeks to sanitize sludge from septic tanks and sludge from wastewater treatment, taking advantage of resources and promoting a circular economy. As a result of the process, a liquid product is obtained that can serve as a complementary fertilizer and soil improver.

This study seeks to generate technical and economic information to promote the use of a liquid ecofertilizer (ECF). For this purpose, two trials (on potato and corn) were established in two pilot sites for the evaluation of the product in the Valle Alto. Soil sampling was carried out before planting and during harvest. The definition of the treatments or volumes of ECF to be applied in the trials was determined based on a review of the literature on the use of wastewater and sludge in agriculture.

The objective of this report is to contribute to the validation of the SaniC pilot plant from Advanced Aerobic of Sweden AB (A2T) placed in the Municipality of Cliza in Bolivia. 

Read the report summary below.

The original report (in Spanish) can be downloaded below.

Green City webinar: Sustainable solutions in Tanzania

Image: The Manta Resort

Date: 30 November 2021

Time: 09:00 – 11:00 CET

Venue: Zoom

SWEACC Green City cluster will host a virtual Green City cluster webinar with a panel discussion under the theme “Sustainable solutions in Tanzania”. There is a tremendous business opportunity for sustainable solutions in the whole of Tanzania, but we will take an extra look at the island of Zanzibar. From Impact but also sustainable business perspective we want to highlight the sustainable wash and purification initiative in Tanzania as we want to create innovative solutions in partnership between SWEACC and companies in both Sweden and Tanzania. We will follow up the event with another digital workshop focusing on innovative and green transformation approaches. Our Green City cluster will focus on waste management and renewable energy solutions and how this can interact with Eco Tourism in Zanzibar. Our cluster webinar will moreover give opportunities for Business to Business (B2B), Government to Government (G2G) and Government to Business (G2B) meetings.

Program

Part 1 – Sustainable investing in East Africa

  • Jan Furuvald, Chairman SWEACC and CEO Kapitalguiden
  • Pontus Engström, CEO, MTI Investment SE
  • Jessica Paulsson, MTI investment manager intern

Part 2 – Sustainable cities and the star homes project in Tanzania

  • Eric Chonjo, co-founder and CEO of Ecohomes Company Limited

Part 3 – Title: Ecobarge. Scale | Off-grid | Innovate.

  • Off-grid test- and demo-beds for innovative solutions – Sten Stenbeck, sWASH&grow.
  • Victoria Vazhinskaya, Shareholder of Ecobarge including a pilot project in Pemba.
  • Business model, financing: Mårten Björk, Founder of Ecobarge Sweden AB.

The moderator for the day is Mr Tom Walsh, SWEACC Green City Cluster and CEO Renetech.

Registration

Send your inquiry to attend to SWEACC (info@sweacc.se) as soon as possible to confirm your seat. All attendees must pre-register at SWEACC and a Zoom link will be sent to them.

For more information, visit the SWEACC website.

Perceived unknowns about gridless water, sanitation and energy services

This report provides insights about the barriers that hold back the wider use and uptake of gridless technological innovations with the potential to expand access to energy, water and sanitation worldwide.

Though rapid technological change has led to many innovations of gridless technologies, the uptake of these innovations has not kept pace. To better understand what is holding things back, SEI gathered stakeholders in these sectors from around the world to examine the situation.

This report presents the findings from those sessions. It shows that there is a widespread lack of understanding of the technologies’ potential benefits, challenges and potential trade-offs.

Stakeholder say that gridless technologies have also been hampered by regulatory gaps and a lack of information on their compatibility with existing systems.

The authors argue that, to expand the uptake of gridless solutions, more attention must be paid to the needs and preferences of potential users, the technological appropriateness of certain options in specific contexts, and issues of social equity and distributional justice.

Better insights are needed about the scalability of certain options and the key factors that underpin successful technological transfer. Better financial know-how is also needed to help secure investments in innovation and start-ups, and to create commercially viable business models.

Guest lectures – Global Product Development

Row of winturbines in the sea shot in the sunset

In October and November 2021, guest lectures will be held as part of the ongoing course on innovation design for humanitarian needs and international development cooperation, offered by Malmö University in collaboration with Parlametric AB. The lectures focus on engineering roles in development assistance and how innovative organizations are working to achieve the global goals.

The lectures are open to all. Read more and join below.

A civil society perspective on development partnerships in East Africa

Special guest: Klas Hansson, Board Member – Svalorna Afrika

1 October, 2021

08:15 – 10:00 CEST

The path to market for a sustainable WASH innovation

Special guest: John Nyberg, CEO – Pure Bio Synergy

7 October, 2021

15:15 – 17:00 CEST

A career in international development

Special guest: Lorena Acevedo, Programme Specialist – SIDA

This meeting will focus on opportunities for engineers in the first hour, and opportunities for students and young professionals in the second hour.

14 October, 2021

15:15 – 17:00 CEST

The path to market for a sustainable WASH innovation

Special guest: Rolf-Johan Ingeson, CEO – Millennium Technology of Sweden AB

27 October 2021

08:15 – 10:00 CEST

Report: Healthcare as a leverage for implementing sustainable infrastructure in developing countries

Foto av Pietro Jeng från Pexels

On 4 May 2021, TEM – Lund University held a workshop to provide a platform for discussions on how healthcare can be a frontrunner for implementing sustainable infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of the workshop was to invite stakeholders working with WASH solutions and healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, to discuss opportunities for sustainable healthcare and how healthcare can provide a platform for export of WASH infrastructure.

The event took place through a well proven concept that TEM (Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare) has conducted through many events previously. The presentations were conducted by a broad set of stakeholders to give a complete picture of the situation and get different views and understanding of the challenge.

Read the report below.