IBM, Practical Action Launch Energy Aid

Practical Action, a UK-based development charity, tied up with IBM for the purpose of creating a new charity that will focus on eradicating energy poverty worldwide. To be called "Energy Aid" this charity will take up a "three-pronged approach" for improvement of accessibility to electricity for above 1.3 billion people spread across the world who are at present unable to use it.

To begin with, a global campaign will kick off in the beginning of 2012. The focus of this campaign is to bring this issue of energy accessibility into the general public conscience.

Secondly, an open source of resource, data, research and technologies will be made available to the charities, NGOs, and other such organisations for getting inputs in planning and also project executions.

Finally, Energy Aid will be raising money as well as distribute funds for "long-term, game-changing projects" in South Asia, South America, and finally in sub-Saharan Africa. This fund will be supporting charities and many other agencies in order to run energy projects in the specific regions and in few other important matters, reported Civil Society Media.

The whole idea of this Energy Aid is an outcome of IBM's HRH Prince of Wales ‘Start' sustainability summit held last year.