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Issue 57

Household Dynamics


In designing and implementing household energy projects, it is easy to assume that because an intervention is affordable and has been technically proven to yield benefits, it will be accepted by target beneficiaries. Experience has shown however that there are also other factors that affect household energy and the responses of households to interventions. These factors include gender, migration, income and livelihood security, cultural perceptions, and livelihood strategies, which together can be described as Household Dynamics. In this edition of Boiling Point we look at how some of these factors can shape household energy interventions and responses.

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BP57 Theme Editorial

Authors: Anja Panjwani
In designing and implementing household energy projects, it is easy to assume that because an intervention is affordable and has been technically proven to yield benefits, it will be accepted by... [more]

Theme Articles

Women’s diversity in households: Experiences from a village

Authors: A M. Mueller
Looking at household dynamics in relation to gender is crucial for successful household energy interventions. Women’s needs for electrical equipment will have to compete with men’s for sure, and... [more]

Gender Audits of Energy Policy in Botswana & Senegal: what has been achieved?

Authors: Nozipho Wright Yacine Diagne Gueye
From 2005 to 2007, ENERGIA –together with a number of partnering organisations¹ - implemented the EU-funded programme ‘Turning Information into Empowerment: Strengthening Gender and Energy... [more]

Engaging communities in alleviating smoke - what the real experts tell you

Authors: Vincent Okello
The fireless cooker is a little-used but valuable technology, comprising an insulated basket into which pre-heated food is left to cook in its own heat. During the recent [Practical Action]] smoke... [more]

Why perfect stoves are not always chosen: A new approach for understanding stove and fuel choice at the household level?

Authors: Fiona Lambe Dr. Takeshi Takama, Stanzin Tsephel and Francis X. Johnson
Despite the numerous benefits associated with cleaner alternatives, the transition to improved fuels and stoves has not progressed hugely in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why is it that so... [more]

Women, energy and rural energy provision

Authors: Gladys Rojas Portillo
The situation of extreme rural poverty in Bolivia, caused by the absence of productive incentives and the lack of educational opportunities and basic services (up to 53%) has caused indigenous... [more]

General Articles

Scope of Energy Conservation & RE in Villages in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Authors: Dr. Usha Bajpai, Shweta Singh
A survey has been carried out in a cluster of four villages in Amaniganj Block of Faizabad District of Eastern Uttar Pradesh in India. The survey is based on primary and secondary data collected... [more]

Natural Draft Gasifier Water Heater for Rural Households

Authors: Sanjay. K. Babar, Dr. Priyadarshini Karve
In developing countries, biomass is used as a primary source of energy for cooking and water heating. Use of the biomass in traditional cook stoves creates serious health problems to rural women... [more]

Energy without the Dirt? Making a Case for Integration of Biomass into Energy Policy

Authors: Temilade Agbaje
The energy poverty that typifies rural areas of developing countries in Africa is staggering in its proportions. These areas have become trapped in subsistence-level economies characterised by... [more]

Rocket science gets to the rural tortillerias in Yucatan, Mexico

Authors: Emilio De Los Rios Ibarra
Tortillerias, small shops that produce tortillas with locally developed machines exist in every neighbourhood and small town in Mexico. Mechanized tortilla greatly simplifies women’s domestic... [more]

Pressure Cooker Training

Authors: Sjoerd Nienhuys
This article is related to only one activity of a renewable energy staff training programme, realised in coordination with Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action, GAA) in Ayni, a small town in the... [more]

News Section


Authors: HEDON

Energia News

Authors: Anja Panjwani

Introducing ENERGIA

Founded in 1995 by a group of energy practitioners who provided inputs to the Earth Summit in 1992 and... [more]

What's happening at Practical Action?

Authors: Lucy Stevens Liz Bates
Indoor Air Pollution (IAP), once a neglected environmental health problem, is now an issue of national concern and policy debate in Nepal. The formulation of National Indoor Air Quality Standards... [more]

GTZ News

Authors: Lisa Feldmann Agnes Klingshirn

Impacts of stove project in Kenya

The Kenyan stove project (carried out in Transmara, Western and Central Clusters) started... [more]


Gender Mainstreaming Tools in the Lao Biogas Pilot Program

Authors: Soma Dutta P. Siliphong
As part of its capacity building efforts, ENERGIA held a regional training of trainers and practitioners on gender mainstreaming in energy projects. The training was held in October 2007 in Chiang... [more]


An Interview with Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA Network Coordinator / ENERGIA Programme Manager

Authors: Sheila Oparaocha
Sheila Oparaocha comes from Zambia where she attained a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine at the University. She completed her masters on gender and rural development planning at the Asian... [more]

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