ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 56 (September 2017)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

ProSPER.Net Project: Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship – A Curriculum

ProSPER.Net Outlines How to Build a Modular Course

Photo: Maddalena Monge, Yogyakarta

Launched in 2010, the Sustainable Business and Social Responsibility Course Development project has delivered a useful and practical framework to develop course materials and case studies in its respective fields. A key element of the initiative was the development of educational materials for both short courses and degree programmes, in sustainable business and social responsibility. Aligning these closely with the UN Global Compact – a strategic policy initiative of the UN for businesses committed to ten universally accepted principles in human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption – was also a major part of the project. Read more

ProSPER.Net Project: Decentralised Energy Interventions in China, India, and Thailand – Success Factors and Policy Recommendations

Photo: James Hughes, Beijing

This ProSPER.Net project was led by TERI University, as a collaboration between the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and Tongji University. It showed a detailed assessment of the policy and regulatory interventions, more specifically, the fiscal and financial instruments shaping the development of decentralised energy systems in China, India, and Thailand. Although sectoral peculiarities differ significantly across these countries, all of three are experiencing some form of revolution in the energy sector, with a specific focus on transiting to a clean energy regime. The analysis showed that the larger economic and political settings of the countries govern the decentralised renewable energy sector to a significant extent. Incentives in the form of subsidies, tax concessions such as tax holidays, relaxation of import tax and other taxes, a priority sector consideration for bank lending, are widely used across all three countries. However, there are pronounced variations in the use of specific financial instruments to create incentives for decentralised renewable energy systems. Overall there have been efforts by all countries to transit to smarter ways of subsidy disbursement. Read more on ProSPER.Net’s analysis and policy recommendations here.

Upcoming Events

AASHE 2017

15-18 October, San Antonio, USA

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is organising its annual conference in October. Read more

UNESCO MGIEP Ed-Tech Conference (TECH 2017)

16-18 December 2017 in Visakhapatnam, India

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is calling for proposals for its international ed-tech conference ‘Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH)’. Read more

Latest News

UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD 2017

Winners of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD are Zikra for Popular Learning (Jordan), the Hard Rain Project (UK and NI), and Sihlengeni Primary School (Zimbabwe). Read more

The Sustainable Everyday Project

Do you know SEP? The Sustainable Everyday Project is an open web platform to stimulate social conversation on possible sustainable futures. It is available in English and French. Read more

Open Calls

Which of the SDGs are being approached in teaching curricula at universities?

The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (incl. RCE Hamburg) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre invite you to fill out the questionnaire to assess: "SDGs and Sustainability Teaching at Universities". Read more

Campus Eco Challenge 2017

The 2nd Campus EcoChallenge will launch for the 2017-18 semester. The challenges and actions will be relevant for students living on or off campus. Join to make a real difference and inspire change on campus or in the classroom. Read more

U.LAB – MOCC Leading from the emerging future

Livestream and recorded sessions from the MIT Sloan School of Management, the business school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston or different hotspots of social innovation around the world.

Read more

Wege Prize 2017

Join the Wege student design competition and collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries. You can win up to $30,000 (USD). Read more

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information

ProSPER.Net Secretariat 

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