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Project Rwanda

Project Rwanda

A United Nations Clean Development Mechanism project, to distribute high efficiency cookstoves to the poorest rural population.

The cookstoves use less wood and burn more efficiently, thereby reducing climate harming greenhouse gases and helping to reduce diseases caused by air pollution.

Project Fundamentals

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Providing high quality stoves under the authority of the Government of Rwanda and through established community mechanisms including community meetings and community leadership.

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Behaviour Change

Health education and training is provided at a local level so as to ensure consistent and correct use of the stove.

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Pay for Performance

The project falls under the UN's Clean Development Mechanism, with carbon credits being earned only after rigorous external monitoring of continued use of the cookstoves and the resultant benefits.

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How It Works

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Project Benefits

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Reduced carbon emissions

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Reduced disease caused by household air pollution

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Reduced deforestation

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Reduction of water borne diseases by boiling water

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Improved economic, health and wellbeing outcomes for women

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Increased productivity

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Improved health education

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DelAgua's health programme in Rwanda is targeted at providing individual households with an improved efficient means of cooking. In common with about half the world's population, most Rwandan households currently use firewood for indoor fuel.

DelAgua provides efficient, durable, portable, simple to use cookstoves along with an extensive training and ongoing support programme. This means families understand the multiple benefits and adapt easily to using the stoves.

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Most households use firewood for cooking and some use it to treat water by boiling.

The use of biomass contributes to deforestation and carbon emissions, negatively impacting the environment. It also has a major impact on public health: burning biomass produces harmful pollutants leading to disease caused by smoke inhalation.


The Delagua Cookstove

The DelAgua Cookstove provides a cleaner cooking stove solution by reducing fuel usage and smoke emissions. This means less toxic smoke is inhaled by cooks and their families, and fewer resources are needed for fuelling stoves. The cookstove burns wood and other dry solid biomass. It features an abrasion resistant insulated combustion chamber that forces gases to mix with flames, decreasing harmful emissions through supreme burn efficiency.

  • Sturdy steel handles with silicone grips keep handles cool while stove is hot
  • Durable three-pronged cast iron top offers stability for any pot or pan
  • Reinforced metal door frame for increased durability
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About half of the world's population uses unsustainable, biomass-based energy sources for indoor fuel. The daily use of biomass as a fuel contributes to extensive forest degradation and deforestation and harmful indoor air emissions that are prevalent in low-income countries, and imposes an unnecessary burden on the public health and economic development of the vulnerable populations of these countries. Rwanda now faces a growing wood fuel deficit. DelAgua is addressing these problems through one of the biggest programmes of its kind anywhere in the world.

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Health education and understanding the communities we work with are the cornerstones of making our project a success. By encouraging behaviour change through community health workers, we increase the chances of having a health impact.

Cookstove distributions are followed by household level education and ongoing visits by community health workers to track the performance of the programme, and to map each installation with GPS coordinates collected on the smartphone-based survey.

The name of our health campaign is Tubeho Neza, which roughly translates as “Live well” or “Be well”.


DelAgua utilises mobile data collection and a central database for programme implementation, analysis and record keeping. All distributions, education and evaluation activities are conducted through smart-phone based database tools.

During distribution, the community health workers log the names, phone numbers and national identification numbers of the recipients and scan barcodes of the distributed cookstoves.

During household visits, the team re-scan barcodes and take household identification information, as well as GPS coordinates. All survey questions are conducted through the phone, allowing for consistency between surveyors as well as automated quantitative evaluation of programme performance.

Through the implementation of mobile data collection DelAgua is able to effectively administer and manage large-scale development programmes with expedited technology rollouts, detailed household level education campaigns and comprehensive technology product tracking.

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Mobile data collection

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Logging household identification information & GPS

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Household survey

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Health Education

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Analysis & record keeping

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