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South Asia Development Forum, Spring 2016: "India's Barefoot College: Women and Community Solar Energy Development"


Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m., G-10 Biotechnology Building.

This South Asia Program (SAP) event is a public lecture by Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, Founder of internationally acclaimed Barefoot College of India and CEO of Barefoot College International, Meagan Fallone. The only college built by and for the rural poor with a focus on decentralising and demystifying technology, placing it in the hands of those most in need. Its "Barefoot Approach” to empowering communities towards self-sufficiency is grounded on the lifestyle and work style of Mahatma Gandhi.  They will speak about the “barefoot solutions” that have transformed rural people—especially women—into powerful agents of change in their communities. From solar energy, water, education, and health care to rural handicrafts, the “solutions” are unique and exemplified by the award-winning architecture of the College itself—designed and built by villagers for villagers. Barefoot College has also successfully trained grandmothers from throughout the developing world to be solar engineers so that they can bring electricity to their remote villages. The organization has created through its social justice approach, a highly innovative ecosystem where rural poor people have a voice in the design and innovation of their own technologies.

Co-Sponsored with funding from: Atkinson Center; AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education); International Programs/CALS; South Asia Program TFI Funds; and the Tata-Cornell Initiative.