OFID’s global advocacy efforts for energy poverty alleviation have enabled the organization to generate solutions and scale them up quickly and efficiently; especially when working closely with a wide network of partners to deliver the best-suited solutions. Examples of such partnerships include:
More than 1.1 million people will benefit from a US$2.3 million project with the Shell Foundation to improve access to efficient cookstoves. One part of this project will improve access to heavy-duty cookstoves for public institutions in Cameroon, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya and Liberia. This grant will also help establish a regional hub for the manufacturing and distribution of cookstoves for seven Latin American countries; namely Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru
A US$1 million operation with Practical Action—an international non-governmental organisation—scaled-up the distribution of approximately 16,000 LPG sets for poor households in El-Fasher, North Darfur in Sudan. About 112,000 people are expected to benefit from this project, which will reduce household cooking fuel costs by approximately US$15 per month, as well as decrease air pollution in kitchens and households.
More than 24,000 affordable, effective and socially acceptable improved cookstoves were installed in the poorest households in seven western districts of Nepal through a US$2.9 million project with the SNV Netherlands Development Organization. Nearly 127,000 people were directly impacted by the new stoves, which reduce the incidence of indoor air pollution. More than 4,000 people also benefitted from community awareness campaigns focusing on the health and environmental advantages of the new cookstoves. By strengthening a vibrant, private, local cookstove sector, this program provided access to safe cooking technologies.
A joint project led by the Global LPG Partnership and supported by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves assessed the opportunities for LPG to be scaled-up as a clean cooking fuel in Kenya. The study appraised both the demand and the market structure for LPG. The research estimated the total market potential for LPG usage for household cooking, developed a rich fact base around the opportunities and challenges related to accelerating the use of LPG for cooking, and provided an early evaluation of the potential for investments or other interventions across the LPG value chain to increase access to LPG cooking fuels and stoves.
Several EAP organizations are cooperating on a new project to increase LPG adoption across India. A collaboration between OFID, Saudi Aramco, Shell Foundation and Envirofit will establish a base infrastructure and validate the critical market learnings necessary to design a scalable business model for Envirofit’s SmartGas System in India. Approximately 1,000 households, representing nearly 5,000 people, in rural areas of the western Indian state of Maharashtra are expected to benefit.