International Lifeline Fund (ILF)

Membership Tier: Steering Committee

Founded in 2003 by Daniel Wolf, The International Lifeline Fund (Lifeline) is a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water and fuel efficient stoves to displaced and impoverished communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. Lifeline embraces an entrepreneurial spirit, a bottom-up philosophy to development and a flexible operational approach.

Lifeline’s clean water and sanitation (WASH) and fuel efficient stoves (FES) programs use the most cost effective technologies and self sustaining interventions to provide disadvantaged individuals with the tools needed to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their quality of life.

Through the self-sustaining interventions of our WASH and FES programs, Lifeline has impacted over 800,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti since 2006. From the outset, Lifeline’s mission has been simple, to spark a cooking revolution that ends when no one is exposed to the hazards of cooking on an open fire and a drinking revolution that ends when no one is subjected to the dangers of drinking dirty water.

Why Lifeline Joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

International Lifeline Fund (Lifeline) has proven to be a leading organization in clean cookstove technologies. Lifeline’s signature initiative involves the development, distribution, and marketing of fuel-efficient stoves (FES) and other sustainable fuel technologies. Since becoming operational in 2006, Lifeline has produced and distributed/sold approximately 100,000 FES’ – impacting the lives of almost 600,000 vulnerable individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. Lifeline is contributing to broader change in the sustainable fuel sector by: developing locally-manufactured stoves tailored to the needs of the local population and affordable for lower-income consumers; establishing vendor networks through which these stoves can be sold; and promoting awareness and otherwise nurturing FES markets in Uganda and Haiti. 

Moreover, Lifeline has taken part in various interagency collaborations, including joint assessments, evaluations, strategic planning, program design, and project implementation, partnering with agencies such as UNHCR, WFP, GIZ and UNOCHA as a leading expert in field testing and program design, implementation and evaluation/assessment in both humanitarian and development settings. In addition, Lifeline is a member of the ISO-TG 285 group.

Lifeline’s commitment to, and proven track-record in, providing cost-effective energy technologies and self-sustaining interventions will contribute advancing the work of the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group.


Vahid Jahangiri |

Alison Filler |