The Flow is the quarterly e-newsletter of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), a south-south knowledge exchange and advocacy platform to advance local practitioners of small-scale hydropower, made possible by the WISIONS initiative.  

In this issue, we feature the work of HPNET members in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Nepal.  The updates shed light on solutions for socio economic value-add, feasibility studies, and local manufacturing. 

From our feature series, we bring you new editions of Earth Voices and Hidden No More, both from the mountainous region of Chitral, in Pakistan.  In our quarterly reflection on our SEEED initiative, we focus on the core elements of productive end use and social enterprise.  In our Solutions section we present our new-and-improved Mini-Grid Technology Differentiation Table, developed by our Work Streams in partnership with Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development (Skat).  

As the year ends, on behalf of the HPNET Secretariat, we wish you a safe, joyful, and resilient start to the year ahead!
Member Updates


Reviving and Optimizing Hydro Mini-Grids
EnDev Ethiopia endeavours to rehabilitate and optimize five micro hydro projects for productive end-use and technical resilience through an enterprise-based approach.

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Micro Hydro Trailblazer
Introducing AIDER, a Madagascar-based organization working to advance local manufacturing, forest conservation and local industry through small-scale hydropower.

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Turgo Turbine Project
HPNET member Joe Butchers updates us on an ongoing Turgo turbine project in Nepal, discussing his team's use of 3D CAD modelling and plans for an upcoming workshop.

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HPNET Thematic Features

Earth Voices

Voices of Indigenous Communities
A glimpse into the Kalasha Valleys, in the Hindukush mountain range of Pakistan, where small-scale hydropower enables community-led initiatives and climate resilience.

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Hidden No More

Voices of Women Energy Practitioners
An interview with grassroots practitioner Hasana Fatimi, who shares her insights on the community-based, women-centric models that have been championed in Chitral, Pakistan.
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Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development

Knowledge-to-Impact Initiative
A spotlight on examples of enterprise-based hydro mini-grids that inspire and inform HPNET's SEEED initiative.
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From our Work Streams
Mini-Grid Technology Differentiation Table: A breakdown of different mini-grid technologies and key advantages of hydro mini-grids.
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