Over 1 billion people lack access to electricity, while more than 3 billion people rely on dirty sources of energy for cooking and heating. Despite global progress in connecting greater numbers of people to electricity grids, infrastructure remains prohibitively expensive, which limits access—particularly in rural areas. At the same time, promising advances in distributed power—generated through renewable energy sources—are driving new business models and new options for consumers in low- and middle-income countries, many of whom are without viable energy alternatives.
WDI’s Energy Sector works with individuals and businesses to develop innovative approaches to power generation, and provides or connects them with the expertise, knowledge, and tools to design commercially viable business models and build profitable enterprises. We work with faculty, students, and other collaborators across the University of Michigan campus, and beyond to increase access to energy in LMICs through innovative models with a focus on renewable energy sources.
Dana Gorodetsky is a Senior Project Manager on the Grants Management team. Dana brings experience managing programs, projects and grants at both international development organizations and at local nonprofits. At MIT, Dana coordinated the MIT D-Lab Practical Impact Alliance, a social impact membership group of international NGO, corporate, startup and government stakeholders working on collaborative, market-based solutions to global poverty issues. She also developed proposals and managed grants for initiatives and faculty across MIT. Dana also has consulted for a number of domestic NGOs and small companies in the areas of resource development, project management, and communications. Dana has international fieldwork experience in Colombia, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic. She holds an EdM in Education Leadership and Policy from Boston University, and a BA in Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan.
Our engagement model involves WDI staff, research fellows, faculty from the University of Michigan and other leading business schools, and/or teams of U-M graduate students—working with our clients to develop solutions. Explore our team’s current projects, as well as an overview of ongoing or completed WDI work during the last 18 months.