Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia

Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia

Client: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC)

Country: Nepal, Bangladesh, India

Dates: March 2013- February 2014

Lead office:  PAC South Asia


Description of Project:

This study aims to analyze impacts of clean cooking solutions on women in South Asian Countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Specific objectives include:
• Analyze and document, through systematic surveys, the impacts of clean cookstoves on women users and their families with respect to overall quality of life, livelihood enhancement, and gender equity
• Analyze impacts of women entrepreneurs involvement in the cookstove value Collect, compile and analyze best practices around the creation of livelihood opportunities for women and how to overcome key barriers on women’s involvement in a range of areas
• Understand the complete process of cookstoves adoption and use from a gender perspective, in terms of women’s preferences in stove design, their gender roles (women are generally in charge of using the stoves, and fuel collection, while men often control the family finances and make household decisions, particularly on whether or not to purchase an improved cookstove), effectiveness of cookstove technology information channels in reaching women, implications on efficient and low emissions cookstove use and maintenance
• Generation and dissemination of recommendations for innovative distribution models that help reach the last mile.

 

Work carried out by PAC team:

Practical Action Consulting is involved in Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia. This study aims to analyze impacts of clean cooking solutions on women in South Asian Countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The specific objectives include: i) Analyze and document, through systematic surveys, the impacts of clean cookstoves on women users and their families with respect to overall quality of life, livelihood enhancement, and gender equity; ii)  Analyze impacts of women entrepreneurs involvement in the cookstove value chain in terms of: on-the-ground feasibility of women taking an active role in various areas of the improved cookstoves value chain from material collection, production, marketing and distribution; women’s contribution in the cookstoves value chain with respect to women’s specific skills in marketing and social mobilization; the resultant influence on adoption rates, sustained use and project effectiveness;  Impact of women’s economic activity in cookstoves business on their quality of life, livelihood enhancement, and their positions in their households and society ; and Opportunities costs and benefits to the women entrepreneurs in cookstove value chain. ; iii) Collect, compile and analyze best practices around the creation of livelihood opportunities for women and how to overcome key barriers on women’s involvement in a range of areas; iv) Understand the complete process of cookstoves adoption and use from a gender perspective, in terms of women’s preferences in stove design, their gender roles (women are generally in charge of using the stoves, and fuel collection, while men often control the family finances and make household decisions, particularly on whether or not to purchase an improved cookstove), effectiveness of cookstove technology information channels in reaching women, implications on efficient and low emissions cookstove use and maintenance and v)Generation and dissemination of recommendations for innovative distribution models that help reach the last mile
 

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