New Tools & Resources – October 2015

IRENA and DTU to Launch New Global Wind Atlas

On Oct 21, IRENA and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will launch a new dataset and suite of tools for the IRENA Global Atlas.  Called the Global Wind Atlas, the new dataset will provide free wind data at resolution of 1 km, with statistics at 250 m resolution. This major release pushes the boundaries of publicly available resource information, and has the potential to facilitate the development of wind power in all countries by allowing them to explore their full wind potential with a few clicks.

New support for solar entrepreneurs: Sendea

This September, Stiftung Solarenergie started Sendea, a “solar entrepreneur network for decentralized energy access”, which is based on the “establishment of solar villages for social impact, awareness creation and training; a revolving fund to finance products for end users; training for solar technicians in technology, management and finance.” The first fellows are promising entrepreneurs in Uganda and Cambodia.

French Version of the Cooking Energy Compendium now available online, GIZ HERA

GIZ HERA is proud to announce that a French version of the Cooking Energy Compendium is now available online on energypedia. Francophone practitioners can access in-depth information on planning, designing and implementing cooking energy and supply interventions. The Compendium also covers carbon funding, energy in refugee situations as well as heating. We invite you to read the Cooking Energy Compendium on energypedia. Should you have any feedback, regarding the compendium, please send it to Editor’s Note: for additional resources and information on cookstoves and cooking solutions, please visit UNF’s sister initiative, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.


Business Schools for Impact, UNCTAD

UNCTAD launched the Business Schools for Impact initiative as part of the World Investment Forum outcomes to bolster the contribution business schools and management education can make to development. The initiative, undertaken in partnership with the Global Alliance in Management Education, the Global Business Schools Network and top business schools around the world, is part of UNCTAD’s proposed action plan for investing in the sustainable development goals – the set of targets being formulated by the international community to guide development efforts for the period 2016–2030. The aim of this booklet is to explain how business schools can contribute to sustainable development in the poorest areas in the world by changing the mindset of business graduates and teaching the skills required to invest and operate in low-income environments with positive social impact. Download the full paper here.