Following the exploratory mission to Colombia undertaken by State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio in September 2011, one pilot project between the University of St. Gallen and the University of los Andes was granted in 2012.

Water and light: managing strategies to scale up sustainable social and environmental projects in Colombia

Inspired by A Liter of Light, a students’ initiative for underprivileged households, a Colombian-Swiss research team studied management and innovation strategies for scaling up social entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector and in the water industries.

How can projects like A Liter of Light (plastic bottles filled with a solution of water and bleach that provide light for households without access to electricity) or SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection) grow in scale, consolidate, and expand regionally, nationally, and internationally? How can clean energy reach more people? What are the best strategies to significantly increase the scale of social initiatives? What (transcultural) measures are necessary to adapt European management models to sustainable projects in Colombia? These are some of the questions addressed by this project.

Prof. Dr. Yvette Sanchez,  University of St.Gallen

Prof. Roberto Gutierrez, Universidad de los Andes