Sep 21, 2010

Clean cookstoves

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. will providing $50 million in seed money over five years to a new initiative called the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The aim is to produce clean burning stoves for Africa, Asia and South America. This is driven by the health and safety risks faced by women and girls who routinely prepare meals over open fire in many parts of the developing world.


It will be interesting to follow the progression of the project. This is not a new idea, and has been tried before. Unfortunately previous ventures have been met with failure. If successful though, this could have some major implications for those who need it the most. I really hope the designers look at the failures of the past, work with their target customers to come up with the right kind of product that will meet their needs; if not this could be colossal waste of money. 

See more information in this flyer (pdf) 

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