Barefoot’s sustainable program goes international

Published on February 1, 2016

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After four decades of proven empowerment in India, Barefoot College launched an expansion plan that opened the first of six new training centers in Africa and is fast approaching its first Latin American center in Guatemala. Barefoot College’s solutions now impacts 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Aided in part by our grants to further solar electrification efforts and develop Barefoot’s influence on the global stage, the College has cultivated new relationships with governments and NGOs in new regions around the world. We also provided in-kind support for strategic planning, a financing plan and a full suite of communication services. This support allowed Barefoot to implement its international expansion plan.

With this support, Barefoot College has made incredible strides in bolstering its internal operation and financial systems, reaching new donors and creating a wider professional network. In 2014, we supported strategic consulting on Barefoot’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. The Commitment marked the first public announcement of its regional training centers. It called for continued partnerships and strategic support to deliver equipment, learning, and enrichment opportunities to new generations of Barefoot solar engineers.

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In 2015, we renewed our partnership with Barefoot and committed to a second phase of organizational development and growth, and continued stewardship of the bottom-up Barefoot Approach. In the spring of 2016, Barefoot will launch its new digital platform that will further expand its international reach.