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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

EA clean energy sector for review

14th April 2012

The global village energy partnership (GVEP) under funding from the World Bank plans to conduct a structured review of the clean cooking stoves and fuel industry in some of the East African countries this year.

A statement from the organisation issued in Dar es Salaam this week said the review will be carried out by Accenture Development Partnership (ADP) in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

As part of the review the organisation will test for high potential cook stove entrepreneurs in its Developing Energy Enterprises Programme (DEEP).

The statement said testing will be conducted on 12 stoves from entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at facilities in Kampala and Nairobi, to ascertain stove performance characteristics, emissions exposure and material quality.

However the statement said parallel to the testing, the organisation is preparing its own report on the stove sector in East Africa, which will look at the development and current status of the industry as well as reviewing GVEP’s own work with improved cook stove entrepreneurs through the DEEP, focusing on some of the realities of the cook stove industry in East Africa, challenges experienced and opportunities to bridge some of the gaps the industry faces.

It will also present the organization strategy for cook stoves moving forward and is expected to provide stakeholders in the sector with new insights and promote fresh discussions on how to tackle the issue of access to clean cooking in the region.

Through the programme, GVEP is developing a sustainable and widespread industry of micro and small energy enterprises, the statement added.

Spanning five years and supported by the EU and the Dutch government, the project aims to provide modern energy services and products to 1.8 million people in the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

“We provide about 900 entrepreneurs in east Africa, who acts as multipliers in their community, training and mentoring services,” the statement noted.

The programme has generated 500 new employees and 800,000 people have now improved energy products in their homes such as solar equipment and cleaner and more efficient cooking stoves.

As Africa’s population continues to grow, the demand for domestic and institutional energy is also increasing.

Access to grid electricity across East Africa is still low, being about 14 percent in Kenya, 11 percent in Tanzania and about 5 percent in Uganda. Households typically rely on Kerosene lamps or candles for lighting and dry cell batteries for any electronic items and biomass fuel for cooking and heating.

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