In Nepal every year, indoor air pollution caused by traditional cooking fuels kills 20,000 people. This includes some 2,000 children under the age of 5. Cleaner, safer cooking fuels are available and could help prevent thousands of deaths. This video, in Nepali and English, provides steps for Nepalese households to reduce indoor air pollution produced by cooking.
Time use data is increasingly relevant to development policy. This data shows how many minutes or hours individuals devote to activities such as paid work, unpaid work including household chores and childcare, leisure, and self-care activities. It is now recognized that individual wellbeing depends not just on income or consumption, but also on how time is spent.
Dear ECCH CoP, A free course is being offered through the World Bank's Open Learning Campus on air quality management. It is free/open to the public. It might be of interest to government officials, WB staff and all stakeholders interested in establishing or improving air quality management practices in low-and middle-income countries.
The Economist published an article today on access to clean cooking in Africa. This data is especially telling. It mentions the extremely slow progress based on IEA data, and also goes on todiscuss gender imbalances regarding purchasing decisions, issues surroundingLPG subsidies and the differences in adoption in African vs. Asian markets.
IMAGINE building a small pile of wood and kindling in the smallest room in your house, and setting fire to it. You can keep the door open, to let out some smoke, but cannot switch on an extractor fan. You must tend the fire for an hour.
Dear CoP members, An interesting article on air pollution in Mongolia was published in TIME recently. It is worth the read, as it discusses air pollution from a cross-sectoral perspective, including health, energy, environment andpoverty elements. It places human impacts at the forefront and mentions a World Bank engagement in Mongolia. Thoughts are welcome! Life in Ulan Bator, the World's Most Polluted Cap...
It's 11 below (-24C) outside but the stove is burning and baby Almasbek Toltalkhan is warm in his family's yurt. His mother, Nursaule, scoops him from a crib engraved with pictures of coconut palms and joggles him on her knee while the doctor readies his shot.
This webinar features ongoing initiatives to improve LPG consumer financing for low-income communities in Kenya, Peru's government program to encourage LPG use amongst poor populations, and results from an independent evaluation in Cameroon of GLPGP's Bottled Gas For Better Life LPG microfinance program.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announced the first four businesses selected to receive support through Spark+, ournewest funding program. Spark+ is an evolution of the Spark Fund, and seeks tobuild the pipeline of investment-ready companies in the clean cooking sectorthrough operational, strategic and investment advisory support and grant funding. http://ow.ly/e48f30j6rEh
Four businesses in East Africa and Southeast Asia have been selected for support from Spark+, a new investment program that seeks to build the pipeline of investment-ready companies in the clean cooking sector through operational, strategic and investment advisory support and, where appropriate, grant funding.