Creative Capacity Building (CCB) Build-It Modules for an Energy Project in Northern Uganda

UROP Title: Creative Capacity Building (CCB) Build-It Modules for an Energy Project in Northern Uganda

Term UROP is offered: Spring 2021

Compensation: Paid ($13.50/hr) or credit

Location: Remote

Supervisor: Amy Smith Contact: D-Lab Humanitarian Innovation

Project Description

MIT D-Lab is working on a project in Northern Uganda to create a local innovation ecosystem, through which scalable, sustainable energy solutions are developed together with members of refugee and host communities living in the Rhino Camp refugee settlement. The project seeks to inclusively address energy issues in displacement settings, leveraging the innovative potential and deep local knowledge of affected community members, avoiding the need for larger-scale, costly top-down interventions, and improving the way humanitarian aid is delivered.

The ultimate objectives of the project are:

  1. to achieve proof of concept that refugee-led innovation and co-design can lead to solutions more culturally and contextually appropriate and therefore more easily adopted.
  2. to leverage the innovative potential of refugees and host community members to design sustainable energy solutions; these solutions can take the form of behavioral change, energy efficiency measures, a technology prototype or an adaptation of an existing technology.

This UROP will develop short, hands-on modules that can add to the library of activities that can be offered at the innovation centers to strengthen participants' prototyping skills. The modules should expose participants to key fabrication skills while producing a useful energy technology. This UROP includes identifying appropriate activities, building, testing, and refining the activities, and then presenting the instructions in a standard format. Once the modules are completed, they may be adapted for use in other D-Lab sites, including Colombia, Ghana, Timor Leste, and India.


Applicants should have some experience with off-grid energy technologies as well as a passion for hands-on education.


This is a paid UROP opportunity at $13.50/hour with an expectation that the student will spend between 80-140 hours on the project over the course of the semester.

Apply (ideally by February 26, 2021)

Interested candidates should email D-Lab Humanitarian Innovation with a brief explanation of why they are interested in this project and describe any relevant previous experience.



Link to opportunity on the MIT UROP site