Lindsay Van Landeghem, GVEP International

Mattia Vianello, Practical Action Consulting

 

Two new papers offer guidance on the design and implementation of improved cooking systems and the effective and efficient involvement of private-sector actors in providing energy solutions in forced displacement settings.

A Rohingya man operating a mobile phone and electric-battery charging business in Sittwe, Myanmar on 18 July 2015. Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.A Rohingya man operating a mobile phone and electric-battery charging business in Sittwe, Myanmar on 18 July 2015. Photo: Getty Images.

These papers are part of a series of toolkits produced by the Moving Energy Initiative to offer guidance to decision-makers in the humanitarian field who are seeking to gain greater understanding of how energy can be integrated in the humanitarian response. 

The first paper, A Review of Cooking Systems for Humanitarian Settings, offers guidance on the design and implementation of improved cooking systems in displacement situations. It suggests that access to clean, efficient cooking systems should be seen as a basic humanitarian necessity that helps humanitarian agencies deliver more effectively against their duty of care. The paper assesses the financial costs of current cooking solutions, as well as considering the cultural and operational aspects of stove design alongside operating costs, financing options and promotional approaches. It also assesses the unique features of introducing cooking solutions in humanitarian contexts, and considers the opportunity for integrating a market-oriented model of distributing cooking solutions. 

The second paper, Private-Sector Engagement: The Key to Efficient, Effective Energy Access for Refugees, offers guidance on the effective and efficient involvement of private-sector actors in providing energy solutions in forced displacement settings. The paper outlines that although private sector engagement in the humanitarian sector has thus far been limited, private-sector actors have accumulated a significant amount of experience in in developing energy solutions for low-income communities. It is argued that through using innovative technologies and services, the role of the private sector can be enhanced for the benefit of all concerned although significant barriers nonetheless remain which impede their involvement in displacement settings.