Wednesday, Dec 15, 9:00-10:45 am CET
Publication - Cooking in Displacement Settings: Engaging the Private Sector in Non-wood-based Fuel Supply
In many cases, host governments are recognizing the environmental damage and are now pushing for change, banning in-kind firewood distribution or requesting humanitarian agency support to transition refugees to alternative fuels. All these issues are present in the Kakuma refugee camp complex in Kenya, which prompted the Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) to explore alternative solutions to meeting residents’ cooking energy needs.This paper presents the findings from that process, as well as background information on the cooking situation in Kakuma. It examines the challenges for refugees in accessing modern cooking solutions, and for those supporting or seeking to improve cooking practices among refugee populations and host communities. The paper is accompanied by a series of case studies that highlight examples of interventions taking place in other displacement contexts, to illustrate what can be learnt from such interventions and what additional support is needed to increase the uptake of alternatives to firewood and charcoal. This paper is based on work completed by the MEI in designing the non-wood cooking concession, as well as on interviews with a range of stakeholders in the sector. It aims to inform practitioners, policymakers and private-sector companies interested in better serving this market.