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A Bright Idea - WaSH, Lighting, & GBV
Humanitarian Innovation Fund   |   April 28, 2017

National Geographic Highlights Cooking in a Displaced Camp in CAR
Instagram   |   April 19, 2017

Tech Is Dominating Efforts To Educate Syrian Refugees
NPR   |   April 18, 2017

A $4 meal for a taste of home
World Vision   |   April 4, 2017

Rural Patients Reaping Health Benefits of Clean Energy in Afghanistan
Thomas Reuters Foundation   |   April 3, 2017

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SAFE Updates   See More

World's First Refugee Camp Powered By Clean Energy

Brightening the Lives of Refugees
April 27, 2017

After two years of darkness, UNHCR is delighted to share that Azraq refugee camp in Jordan now has light. And it’s from clean energy. Watch this video to find out how becoming the first refugee camp to be powered by clean energy is changing the lives of the people living there.

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How Safe Stoves are Lifting Millions of Women Out of Poverty

This International Women's Day, we're highlighting one of the smartest—and simplest—innovations to improve the lives of women and girls.
March 8, 2017

Even after fleeing her home to live in a camp for displaced families, Insaf struggled – like so many women – by spending hours of her day collecting firewood in a landscape where trees are few and far between. But then Insaf discovered the World Food Programme’s Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Initiative, where she spent nearly two weeks learning how to make fuel-efficient simple stoves and fire briquettes.

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How SAFE Stoves are Changing People’s Lives

Less firewood, more meals and better nutrition
February 23, 2017

Lack of firewood and a four-hour daily walk to collect new supplies often meant families were undercooking or even skipping their meals in the region of Gitega, central Burundi. Now fuel-efficient stoves are transforming people's lives and also generating extra income for some families. The World Food Programme's Safe Access to Fuel and Energy, or SAFE, initiative has reached over 6 million people in 18 countries, meeting a target set in 2009. The aim now is to assist 10 million people by 2020. Here we take a closer look at Burundi's story.

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The Greener Fuel: Giving Refugees A Choice in Rwanda

February 16, 2017

In September 2016, a Rwandan social benefit company called Inyenyeri did something no private sector business had ever done before in the country. It opened shop inside a refugee camp. Its partnership with UNHCR and the clean cooking fuel option it offers refugees may be the answer to the interconnected energy, environment and protection issues people have faced here for decades.

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UNHCR Sets Technical Specifications for Cookstove Procurement

January 30, 2017

Choosing an appropriate cookstove in humanitarian settings can be complex for organizations providing aid. To respond to these challenges, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), partnered with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Berkeley Air Monitoring Group to develop a common set of performance and test standards to that could be used to evaluate cookstoves available in the market.

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IOM Leads ECHO-Funded Global Solar and Water Initiative in Africa

September 30, 2016

The IOM Regional Office in Nairobi is coordinating a Global Solar and Water Initiative, currently funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), to mainstream the adoption of renewable energy (solar) in water projects across the relief sector.

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