The IREK project interacts with partners and key stakeholders (public and private, national and international) mainly in Kenya, Denmark and China. Interactions take place during fieldwork, through discussions in and with members of the project’s reference group and the scientific advisory committee as well as through dissemination and validation workshops.
The IREK project has specific stakeholders and users mainly in Kenya and Denmark, but also in China and other countries. Key stakeholders and users include:
- Existing and potential users of the relevant technologies: Research may help intended consumer groups and organisations identify who to work with and how to enhance energy access for the poor. Clearer characterisation of the idea of appropriate low carbon technology will help them refine the ways in which they develop technologies and business models to increase energy access.
- Technology producers and their associations: The project will seek to identify and present opportunities and organisational models relevant for private sector firms and public organisations engaging in low carbon innovation and capability building.
- Governments, inter-governmental bodies and donors: The project will generate new knowledge about adaptation, dissemination and business models in relation to relevant technologies and both North-South and South-South technology collaboration. This will address the question of how to accelerate the pace of technology collaboration to match the increasing demand of relevant technology to address climate change issues in developing countries.
Intended contributions beyond the project
The IREK project contributes to current understandings on the real barriers for realising the potential of foreign technologies, especially as far as poor developing countries are concerned. It aims at supporting Kenya and other African countries in their efforts to put in place effective policies and strategies for learning from international/global technology collaboration, both at the institutional, national and local levels.
The project aligns closely with the strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation (Danida), with particular regard to identifying appropriate ways forward in the following areas:
- Enhanced access to energy contributing to local development, learning and capability development.
- Innovative technological and financial solutions in the area of energy
- Framework conditions for green growth which benefits poor.