Improving Village-level Financial, Management and Technical Capacity

A session at the 2017 Alaska Forum on the Environment | Dena'ina Convention Center

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In a recent USARC workshop on research needs in remote Arctic villages, the need for capacity-building as it relates to the operation of water and sanitation utilities and renewable energy projects in remote, rural villages was a recurring theme. Within a community, capacity is needed to envision, fund, organize, and execute projects such as a renewable energy project or utility. Capacity in rural Alaska also increases the odds of project success. In Alaska, village-level capacity is highly variable and depends on strong community leadership and the experience and training of skilled individuals. This workshop will be aimed at increasing village-level capacity in order to improve the success rate of water and sanitation and renewable energy projects in remote Alaskan villages. We hope to have a strong community participation, as well as the participation from technical, managerial and financial specialists to discuss the status quo and how we can work with local communities to improve their ability to become aware of, fund and implement new projects.