| Boiling Point No. 07 - December 1984 |
When a rural extension worker in India finds a simple way to measure household fuelwood consumption she usually has no reliable way to share this idea with her counterparts elsewhere. People working on cookstove projects in Asia or Latin America often have no immediate access to the latest designs and testing information from Africa. And international funding agencies, faced with disorganized and often contradictory information from cookstove projects in the field, are becoming wary of investing in what sometimes seems to be a false technology.
These are just three of the reasons for creating an effective communications network among people around the world who are working to develop and promote the use of fuel-efficient cookstoves.
In recognition of this need the Government of the Netherlands, with the support of USAID, hosted a meeting in Utrecht, Holland November 5-6 1984 to discuss preparation of a multi-year workplan for a network. In attendance were participants from ITDG, VITA, GTZ/GATE, Bois de Feu, Altersial, Eindhoven and Leuven Universities,- USAID, UNDP/World Bank. As a result of the meeting, Netherlands and USAID-financed consultants have prepared an initial network proposal that has been circulated among 50 interested parties in developing and developed countries. After further widespread review of the workplan and associated project proposals, financing agencies will be requested in April 1985 to make decisions on financial support.
The network is envisioned to support national programmes by designating focal points for coordinating key tasks in the development of woodstoves; i.e., laboratory research and development; field testing and development; dissemination strategies; information and publication; and training. The role of the network would be to improve information exchange; develop standard methodologies; collect, analyses, and distribute results from operating programmes; and to help rationalise workload and scheduling of international meetings.