| Boiling Point No. 07 - December 1984 |
Apologies for the delay in getting this issue out to you; it was put together in between a lot of travelling outside of England.The response to our plea in BP 6 for voluntary subscription payment has been very encouraging and we will be able to continue producing 'Boiling Point' in 1985. We are also very happy to welcome back 'Cookstove News' which has had to abandon its regular production schedule for now but will now continue to produce at least three issues a year. are currently looking for a Business Manager to develop 'Cookstove News'. For more details see our back page.The next issue of Boiling Point will be a special on "Women and Improved Stove Programmes" to coincide with the end of the UN Decade for Women. We would particularly like to receive articles and news shorts from women on their involvement and experience with stove programmes highlighting their roles as stove makers, designers, promoters and users.
In the last 'Boiling Point' we reported on an International Stove Workshop held in Wolfheze, Holland October 1983.The fur-l proceedings have now been published by IT Publications. (For details see elsewhere in the newsletter). The organising committee of the Wolfheze meeting has been transformed into the Wolfheze Foundation. The next meeting of the Foundation's Board of Directors to review funding progress and plan the follow-up workshop will run in parallel with the EC Conference 'Energy from Biomass' in Venice March 25-29 1985. As a result of the Wolfheze Workshop at least a dozen project proposals have been prepared for funding covering countries in East and West Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent, South-East Asia and Central America.The categories of projects include expansion of existing projects; diversification of programmes; evaluation of projects; development of commercial and alternative dissemination approaches. In Guatemala the birthplace of the Lorena Mud Stove funding has been provided for a National Survey of Stove Activities and a follow-up National Workshop will take place in Panajachel, Guatemala between 17-22 March 1985. The workshop aims to establish a national strategy which will include the possibility of portable artisan made ceramic and metal stoves.
Still on the subject of stove meetings, we reported in our last issue on an FAO funded stoves meeting 'Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of Stove Programmes' held in Rome October 1983. At the conclusion, the international participants recommended the development of guidelines for the assessment of stove programmes. These guidelines have been developed and drafted by ITDG during 1984 with the assistance of the participants from Kenya, Guatemala and Nepal. It is planned that a select group will examine the draft manual at a follow-up meeting in Spring 1985.
Spring 1985 is also the date set for the publication of several books covering a range of audiences on the various aspects and experiences with stove programmes. ITDG will be producing two books based on experience with collaborators in East and West Africa, Indian Sub continent and South-East Asia. One will be essentially a Field Practitioners Manual with lots of technical details and illustrations. While the second will be aimed at Stove Project Managers and Energy Programme Planners and will cover aspects of planning and implementing stove programmes. Other groups producing major stove books include GTZ/GATE; VITA; BELLERIVE FOUNDATION; and Prof De Lepelaire of the Woodburning Stove Group. Details of these publications and reviews will be featured in the next issue of 'Boiling Point' Spring 1985.