The UC Davis D-Lab, in collaboration with international partners such as international universities, non-profit organizations, and small-scale enterprises has as one of its goal to share and disseminate curriculum and successful practices for project development with a focus in energy, climate, agriculture and education. Through exploratory visits and short-courses around project development and project feasibility, D-Lab Satellites transfers capacities and promotes projects’ sustainability.
D-Lab Honduras – Partner Institution: Zamorano University – May 2016
D-Lab Zamorano creates sustainable solutions to solve development challenges. The D-Lab projects Zamorano can focus on these areas include:
- Appropriate Technology applied to horticulture and farming life: pumping, irrigation, post-harvest, seed drying, food processing.
- Production of renewable energy: biogas, solar, wind, biofuels, charcoal, biochar.
- Water harvesting, sustainable housing, waste management.
During this time, students learn about project framing, project feasibility and design processes.
D-Lab Georgia – Partner Institution: Georgian Institute of Public Affairs – August, 2016.
During Summer 2016, the UC Davis D-Lab took a trip to the country of Georgia in Eastern Europe. The project was initiated by the D-Lab partner Kakhaber (Kakha) Bakhtadze who came to UC Davis as a Humphrey Fellow. Kakha’s project became part of the D-Lab I course during Winter 2016. In this course, Leanne Bolano was assigned to his project and worked with Kakha, Dr. Kornbluth, and Paula Balbontin, International Agricultural Development graduate student after the class ended in preparation for this summer scoping trip.
This satellite had 2 phases. The first phase started in the beginning of August 2016 with a short D-Lab training module delivered by the UCD D-Lab team. The second phase focused on helding exploratory meetings with local stakeholders to study local needs and agree on future cooperation activities and short and long term collaboration mechanisms.
The involvement of the UC Davis D-Lab in evaluating developed courses as a short term contribution was crucial. After the exploratory visit, we are starting to develop long-term cooperations between the two Universities. It will also introduce relevant educational, thematic curriculas essential for GIPA to modify and extend knowledge in the fields of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Management, Rural and Agriculture Development .
— Kakhaber Bakhtadze, Program Director.