The IREK project has specific stakeholders and users in Kenya, Denmark, Germany and China, such as:
- Existing and potential users of the relevant technologies: Research will help consumer groups and organisations to 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 show opportunities and organisational models relevant for private sector firms and public organisations engaging in low carbon innovation.
- Governments, inter-governmental bodies and donors: The project will generate new knowledge about consumption patterns 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.
This project contributes to current understandings on the real barriers for realizing the potential of foreign technologies, especially as far as poor developing countries are concerned. It will enable Kenya and other African countries to put in place effective policies and strategies for international technological learning, 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 which contributes to local development and learning
- Innovative technological and financial solutions in the area of energy
- Framework conditions for green growth which benefits poor