In the seven weeks prior to our arrival in Cape Town, we conducted extensive background research about important themes to our project. Our team explored past Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs) completed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute students, researched case studies, and sought advice from researchers and practitioners.

The team’s main preparations included familiarizing ourselves with issues resulting from energy practices in informal settlements, researching Interactive Qualifying Project center context, evaluating methods of financing business in low income communities, and developing strategies for implementation in low income communities.   Follow the links above to read more about our background research on each theme.

To view the references from our background research, click here.

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