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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Send your inquiry to attend to SWEACC (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to confirm your seat. All attendees must pre-register at SWEACC and a Zoom link will be sent to them.
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.
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.