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, May 2017
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, August 2017
The UC Davis D-Lab formed the Georgia Working Group (GWG) to conduct small courses with students from Georgian universities and local Georgian communities facing environmental issues. The GWG works with primary in-country client, NGO Environment & Development (E&D). The goal of D-Lab’s collaborative efforts with E&D is to facilitate curriculum and faculty exchange, with the support of Georgian universities, government ministries, and organizations.
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 Manager of Environment & Development.