IEEE Smart Village
The IEEE Smart Village (formerly Community Solutions Initiative) is the member-led not-for-profit humanitarian outreach program of the IEEE. In 2014, IEEE Foundation accepted IEEE Smart Village as one of its four “Signature Programs,” of the IEEE thus adding to its menu of innovative initiatives, a humanitarian mission that delivers immediate impact to the world’s poorest and most energy-deprived populations.
Smart Village is unique in that it does not provide grants in the traditional sense; instead, micro-utility equipment is donated to an NGO partner. This concept grew out of a multi-society member-inspired initiative committed to open-source design and delivery of energy, education, and technology to the far off-grid electricity impoverished. Its unique emphasis is on the stimulus of social enterprise via the donation of equipment, training, and start-up expertise to become self sustaining community owned and operated micro-utilities.
Widely supported by IEEE's societies and councils, Smart Village is actively seeking funding support and volunteers interested in helping with the deployment, organizational design and expansion of the program. I hope you will consider your personal participation in IEEE Smart Village. Learn more about IEEE Smart Village here.