|Boiling Point No. 42 - Household Energy and the Environment (ITDG, 1999, 44 p.)|
The team producing Boiling Point has been involved in an 'impact study' to see in what ways Boiling Point is being used, and what can be done to make it more useful for you, the reader. A full account of this study appears in this edition.
Two changes appear in this edition of Boiling Point: an altered section on publications; many more publications, with shorter reviews; a new section on household energy projects, workshops, and seminars. If you would like to tell others about your project or forthcoming seminar, with a view to hearing from others working in the same field, please write a few lines about your project to the editor, with a contact name and address, and we will try to publish it. We would also like to know your opinions about whether the new sections are worthwhile and relevant, and any other way in which you feel that we can improve the journal. Contact: Elizabeth Bates, Intermediate Technology, Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton Hall, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, CV23 9QZ, UK
Other UK projects
Until recently, ITDG's activities have been targeted at poor people in rural areas because of their social, economic and political marginalization. However, over the last two decades, populations in urban areas have experienced dramatic growth rates, and their needs have largely gone unnoticed. DFID has funded preliminary research on Access to Energy for the Urban Poor with direct inputs from country offices and non-IT countries. Contact: Simon Dunnett or Alison Doig, Intermediate Technology, Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton Hall, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, CV23 9QZ, UK
Smoke and health
This project, run jointly between IT head office and IT Kenya has been identified by both the Energy team and Shelter team in Kenya as a key project, which has benefited from the assistance of a number of experts in this field. Baseline results on particulate and carbon monoxide levels from the two communities involved in the project are ready for analysis. These levels will be measured again following the introduction of modifications such as increased ventilation and improved stoves, to assess the benefits of the various types of intervention. Contact: Alison Doig, Intermediate Technology, Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton Hall, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, CV23 9QZ, UK or Stephen Gitonga, IT Kenya, P.O. Box 39493, Nairobi, Kenya
The annual review for all ITDG projects has just been published; this is a brief summary of some of the projects listed in it:
Development and marketing of the Upesi stove
This project is aimed at establishing a sustainable commercial market for improved rural stoves in West Kenya. The new model of the Upesi has been shown to save up to 43% of fuel; a significant result as some 10,000 improved stoves were produced and sold last year in West Kenya. The project also aims at improving kitchen conditions, and over 150 kitchens were improved with stoves being built into them. The project is contributing to livelihoods of marginalized groups of artisans. The impact of the project is growing as Ministry of Agriculture staff, linked to the project, are slowly adopting the practices advocated by it.
Contact: Hellen Owalla; ITDG West Kenya Office, PO Box 2260, Kisumu, KENYA
Household energy regional project, East Africa
The purpose of this project is to increase access to appropriate energy-saving options to poor households in East Africa. This project is now in its final year, for which the main activities were to document the project and promote best practices among the partners. The outcome is the Training Guidelines Manual and the People Approach Manual, which have been completed and are awaiting publication. A major success is the documentation of the impact on partners' activities by the use of pre-formatted tools for monitoring activities. It has been found that this approach works when working with a wide range of partners, and as a result the project has received substantial impact information.
Contact: Stephen Gitonga; IT Kenya, P.O. Box 39493, Nairobi, KENYA
The purpose of this journal is to disseminate appropriate information on the most efficient use of micro-hydroelectric power.
Hidrored is produced every four months; it has more than 700 subscribers involved in micro-hydro power. In terms of influence, the magazine reaches technicians, engineers, state entities, financial organizations, universities and NGOs in developed and developing countries.
Contacts are also maintained with other networks specializing in hydro-power, such as e-NET and MHPG (micro-hydro power group), and articles are exchanged between HIDRORED and e-NET magazines. Published in Spanish.
Contact: Teodoro Sanchez, IT Peru, Casilla, Postal 18-0620, Lima 18, Peru