For years, international development practitioners have been working tirelessly to change people's behaviors towards a more sustinable fashion. To enable such changes, one could not avoid baseline issues of understanding the needs of local community, current level of social behaviors, factors determining people's preferences as well as how potentially they would react towards new technologies. Not surprisigly, such questions are also frequently asked by our cookstove-professionals.
Recently, two studies have been conducted to understand the consumer preferences of cookstoves in Bangladesh and Indonesia respectively. These studies were done carefully by leading experts in the fields - all the way from survey data collections to post-survey analysis. Interesting observations were found in both studies, and if we take a step further to do a cross check, there are phenomenal similaries and differences on various aspects -
- What does it take to elevate improved cookstoves for communities in needs?
- How are various stoves perceived from consumers' ends?
- Which social elements should be better integrated?
- What lessons have we learned from these studies?
Please take a moment to read about findings from the studies and join the discussion in this thread where panelists from the fields provide online facilitation to answer your questions.
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