Tackling energy poverty in Indonesia

In an effort to support the development of market-driven clean energy solutions that benefits the poor in Indonesia, the World Bank has developed a program focused on building the capacity of Indonesian institutions. To help in this effort, the World Bank has selected a number of local and global partners: a local design partner (INOTEK), a global design partner (Catapult Design), a local market facilitator (Apex Consulting), and a mentorship partner (GATD). These groups will collaborate to develop a successful program that can be replicated in other locations around the country and eventually around the world.

We’re excited to announce that Catapult’s design team will assist INOTEK as they initially select target communities for the pilot program and issue a “call for challenges” to local organizations and individuals in order to find unique clean energy opportunities. Catapult will then work with partners on-the-ground to conduct field research exploring user needs and opportunities and to define and generate potential solutions. Selected concepts will be prototyped with market partners with at least two designs further refined into viable market solutions.

“We are going into the pilot completely technology agnostic and allowing the development process to focus on the needs of the people who will use the final solutions. That’s the benefit of a multi-partner project with increased capacity,“ says Heather Fleming, CEO of Catapult Design.

Catapult will provide counsel to the project partners throughout the 2012-13 pilot and incorporate design methodology and consideration into the program.

Click here to download the official press release. [PDF]