EGG Energy customers want TV after solar
“Having a TV is so important because it helps connect us to the rest of the world.”
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AIP Foundation and USAID partner to save Cambodia millions of dollars
8 August 2014 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The nonprofit organization Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation has been awarded US$635,993 by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant, which supports social impact and improved outcomes for sustainability and scale, will fund AIP Foundation’s two-year project, “Head Safe. Helmet On.” to increase helmet use in Cambodia. Additional financial and in-kind support worth over US$650,000 is being contributed by the FIA Foundation/Road Safety Fund, The UPS Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and AIP Foundation.
Road traffic crashes are a global public health crisis, particularly in Cambodia, killing more people than landmines or malaria. In 2013 alone, road crashes caused 14,227 injuries, cut short 1,950 lives - mostly of young people - and cost the nation US$337 million, equivalent to 2.1 percent of its GDP.
In Cambodia, motorcycles are the primary mode of transportation. Their drivers and passenger make up the highest portion of all road fatalities. In 2013, 62 percent of these victims perished from traumatic head injury. “Often surviving is worse,” says Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation. “Many injuries cause life-long disabilities creating a sudden need for permanent care. In addition to the personal pain and suffering, this negatively impacts families, the public health system, and society in general,” she adds.
According to the Cochrane Collaboration, helmets are a proven way to increase survivability in a crash, reducing the risk of fatality by 42 percent and injury by 69 percent. In Cambodia, helmets are compulsory for drivers, but not for passengers. Disturbingly, only 9 percent of passengers wear helmets. It is very common to see a family of four on one motorcycle: a helmeted dad, an un-helmeted mom, and two kids, or more, without any protection.
“Head Safe. Helmet On.” aims to increase passenger helmet rates in targeted communes of Phnom Penh, Kandal, and Kampong Speu to 30 percent within the first year, and to 80 percent in the second year, thereby preventing thousands of unnecessary road crash injuries and fatalities while saving Cambodia tens of millions of dollars. This will be accomplished through a series of three, mutually-reinforcing components:
- A school-based helmet program that creates a new generation of safer road users;
- A communications campaign that uses mass media to change behavior; and
- An advocacy campaign that accelerates critically needed legislative change.
This three-pronged approach is modeled after an AIP Foundation intervention in Vietnam that helped bring about a national helmet wearing law in 2007. This resulted in 1,557 lives saved, 2,495 injuries prevented, and savings of US$52 million to the Vietnamese government and people in lost output, medical, and human costs within the first year.
“Head Safe. Helmet On.” will directly benefit 222,445 Cambodians through the distribution of helmets and road safety education, and indirectly benefit another 1,634,555 during the project period. The USAID-DIV investment of US$635,993 aims to generate savings of more than US$1.7 million for the Cambodian government. If the funding is sustained over the course of 10 years, the return on investment has the potential to increase from US$2.8 to US$14.9. In other words, for every dollar spent, US$14.9 could be saved.
The design of the components will be based on findings from assessments conducted at the onset of the project. Intensive monitoring throughout implementation, particularly quarterly helmet use observations utilizing a video method, and evaluation midway through the project and upon completion will be conducted. This will demonstrate progress, highlight challenges, allow for adjustments, and contribute to future project expansion.
Today, AIP Foundation introduced and shared the project’s activities at a nationwide stakeholder workshop in Phnom Penh. Participants included national-level government officials, international agencies, and representatives from the targeted provinces.
About the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation:
The Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low- and middle-income countries. For more than 15 years AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programs in locations across Asia and Africa. To find out more, visit www.asiainjury.org or connect with us on Twitter @AIPFoundation.
About USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV): USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is an investment platform that finds, tests, and scales new solutions to development challenges around the world. For more information, visit www.usaid.gov/div and follow us on Twitter @DIVatUSAID.
For more information:
Mirjam Sidik - Chief Executive Officer, AIP Foundation
18bis/19 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 8-6299-1409; Email: Mirjam.firstname.lastname@example.org
The DIV team is excited to welcome its three newest team members! Check out a little more about Minhchau, Joaquin, and Carolyn…
Minhchau Dinh is a Program Assistant supporting DIV’s selection process for new awards. Prior to joining DIV, MC worked in business development for clients like the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the World Bank. She also has worked as a Microfinance Development Analyst in Hue and Hanoi supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access loans for business growth and economic empowerment. Minhchau graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sustainability. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Joaquin R. Carbonell is a Program Specialist on the Development Innovation Ventures team in USAID’s Global Development Lab and originally joined the team as an intern in June 2013. Joaquin provides strategic oversight for the selection process for new awards and portfolio support to DIV’s public-sector grantees. He has an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC - Berkeley (go bears) and B.A. in Latin American History and International studies from UNC - Chapel Hill (go heels). Joaquin is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. He is an enthusiast of basketball, fiction, and sandwiches.
Carolyn Commons is a Program Assistant for DIV, focusing on strategic communications and engagement. Before joining the DIV team, Carolyn worked on the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign where she managed organizational and programmatic partnerships to support global malaria prevention and control efforts. She graduated from Indiana University (IU) with a degree in International Studies, focusing on Human Rights and Latin American Studies. While at IU, Carolyn worked extensively on primary education initiatives in South Africa with One Laptop per Child and structured her own studies on healthcare as a Human Right. Carolyn loves cooking, learning, travel, sunshine, and her cat named Mo. When traveling abroad, you may find her making friends at her hostel, scoping out a local restaurant, or attempting to surf at the beach.
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d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative
Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally
SAN FRANCISCO – July 22, 2014 – d.light, a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products in the developing world, today announced it reached sales of 500,000 financed units, providing modern energy access to 2.5 million people on a pay-as-you-go basis. In response to this success, d.light has launched the Energy Access Accelerator, an initiative focused on integrating the company’s growing range of solar power products and services with a diversity of payment and distribution systems. Known as pay-as-you-go solar, d.light’s
financed solar systems are helping to transform the lives of 1.2 billion people in the developing world without access to energy.
“As pioneers in pay-as-you-go solar products and services since 2009, we’ve learned that base-of-the-pyramid consumers can and will pay for modern power solutions—and that energy access is not a ‘one size fits all’ market,” said Donn Tice, Chairman and CEO. “d.light’s Energy Access Accelerator will be focused on scaling distributed energy solutions for the diversity of energy impoverished geographies. Scale requires a consistent user experience, reliable energy and flexible payment options.” To date,
d.light has sold over 6 million products around the world, impacting the lives of more than 36 million people. Pay-as-you-go products currently represent 20 percent of d.light’s sales, but are expected to grow to 30 percent in the coming year.
d.light’s Energy Access Accelerator will focus on integrating advanced product technology and service offerings for a full range of payment systems, including microloans, self-help groups, top-up cards and mobile money. The group will be led by d.light’s President, Ned Tozun, and Managing Director of Global Consumer Finance, Sateesh Kumar. Mr. Tozun, who co-founded d.light in 2006, will focus on technology
enablement of pay-as-you-go. Mr. Kumar will leverage his past experience as Executive Vice President of SKS Microfinance, one of the largest public microfinance institutions in the world, to develop consumer financial services and microfinance partnerships. The group will also leverage the talents of New Business Initiatives Manager Karl Skare, to apply financing solutions to a broad range of products and services, as well as CFO
Al Wood and Director of Financial Planning Jill Macari, to mobilize capital.
About d.light: Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than 2 billion people globally without access to reliable electricity. Through ten field offices and four distribution hubs in Africa, China, South Asia and the United States, d.light has sold over 6 million solar light and power products in 62 countries, improving the lives of
more than 36 million people. d.light is dedicated to providing the most reliable, affordable and accessible solar lighting and power systems for the developing world and reaching 100 million people by 2020. www.dlightdesign.com.
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