The Greener Fuel: Giving Refugees A Choice in Rwanda (c) Inyenyeri Suzanna Huber 2016
© Inyenyeri Suzanna Huber 2016

Webinar: Cooking Solutions for Refugees - Rwanda Assessment

July 25, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM EDT / 2:00 PM CEST / 3:00 PM EAT 

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) invites you to participate in a joint, live webinar with Alliance partners Inyenyeri and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) on to discuss the results and outcomes of our recent assessment of an Inyenyeri project to introduce biomass fuel pellets and Mimi Moto stoves into Kigeme refugee camp, Rwanda. This webinar, designed for new and existing partners, is part of a series that provides an overview of highlights, sector trends, upcoming opportunities for partners, and features on specific tools, resources, and engagement activities.

Background

Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda is home to some 18,000 Congolese refugees, most of whom rely on traditional stoves and firewood, charcoal, and agricultural waste for cooking. Inyenyeri launched a project in 2016 in which an initial group of refugee customers used cash-based transfers to lease Mimi Moto stoves and purchase biomass fuel pellets from Inyenyeri. ICRW and the Alliance assessed impact of this project on the refugees' lives and livelihoods, examining factors such as time use, fuel procurement, fuel expenditure, safety, and quality of life.

Ultimately, ICRW found that the project had numerous social benefits for Inyenyeri's refugee customers; however, the majority of households could not afford to purchase enough fuel pellets for all of their cooking needs and had to supplement with other stoves and fuel types.  UNHCR is using this feedback to develop a cash-based assistance program that could enable refugees to more-easily afford cooking fuel in the future.

This webinar will examine the results of ICRW's assessment and discuss how they have impacted Inyenyeri's current efforts to scale up their operations in Kigeme. It is especially designed for partners who are interested in learning more about cooking in humanitarian settings and how cash programming may be used to support market-based interventions.

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