Strong focus on capacity building by EnDev has resulted in a flourishing market for improved cookstoves in Madagascar

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Madagascar 2018/07/13

13 July 2018

In the SDG7 review, the need for strengthening the capacities of local organisations is broadly acknowledged. In Madagascar, solid capacity building has created a strong market for improved cookstoves

Trained sales agent in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Madagascar - Sales agent.jpg Trained sales agent in Antananarivo, Madagascar

In the SDG7 review discussion at the High Level Political Forum (New York, 9-18 July 2018), scaling up capacity building is considered a key element for reaching universal access to energy. Strengthened capacity building is needed for building markets and will facilitate scaling up activities. Strengthening the capacities of local organisations by providing a range of advisory services is at the heart of the EnDev approach.

Building an improved cookstoves market in Madagascar

For more than ten years ADES, a Swiss energy NGO, has been the implementing partner of EnDev in Madagascar, which has resulted in a thriving market for improved cookstoves. Before ADES started its work, there were hardly any market channels for modern cooking solutions in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world.

EnDev/ADES uses an integrated approach by including commercial, social and ecological activities in their cookstoves project. Through advisory services, the supply side of the market was strengthened through on-the-job training of local producers. Several improved stove types of good quality in several price segments are available. To trigger the demand of stoves, sales agents were trained and sales centres were set up for marketing purposes. The six sales centres work with a network of 120 retailers. Next to the EnDev/ADES program, also other cookstoves programs have started activities, which has even further boosted the market. So far, the EnDev/ADES project has facilitated the sale of 87,000 stoves and has created more than 400 jobs.

Activities beyond local capacity building

The project includes a strong social and ecological component as well. Local stove producers receive a fair income and the covering of school fees and a basic health insurance is part of their package as well. Furthermore, new trees are planted for each stove sold and carbon credits are earned from the sale of the less polluting improved stoves.

Since 2005, the global EnDev programme has facilitated improved cooking solutions to 14.4 million people, and as a result reduced exposure to indoor air pollution for 7 million women, children and men.