PhD candidate conducts research on SLRS pilot program in Uganda
- Published on Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Thomas Carton, a doctoral candidate in International Health and Development at Tulane University, has proposed a research design to measure the economic, health, and social impact of Sunlabob’s solar lantern rental model (SLRS), using a pilot program in Uganda as the study site. The goal of the research is to evaluate the venture by testing claims pertaining to the use and impact of solar lanterns.
The SLRS concept was created in 2006 and the first pilot tests ran through 2007 and 2008 in Laos. Sunlabob also initiated pilot projects in Uganda and Afghanistan in 2009. In Uganda, the pilot projects are partly financed with money received from the Lighting Africa award and by Sunlabob, via a local partner, TSSD (Technical and Specialist Services for Development Ltd). In Afghanistan, all the equipment (charging stations and lanterns) is purchased by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the project is managed by Development Alternatives, Inc.(DAI), a global consulting firm.