Irish Aid has funded the development by Trinity College Dublin of a thermoelectric generator attached to a clay cookstove that uses heat to provide electricity for charging mobile phones and powering lights or radios.
The prototype technology aims to provide a low cost energy solution for millions in Africa who do not have access to grid electricity.
Many people in developing nations have an energy crisis: they lack access to electricity. In Malawi, only 9% of people have access to electricity and most use wood burning stoves to cook and prepare meals.
Pastoralists are nomadic livestock herders who live in the arid regions of Tanzania. Their livelihoods are under threat, with less land available for their herds due to population growth. Climate change effects such as drought have also reduced pasture quality.
Earlier this year, Irish Aid commissioned a case study of three aid programmes* to find which approaches work best to increase their resilience to climate change.
The partnership between Ireland and Tanzania stretches across many decades including those prior to independence when Irish missionaries first arrived in Tanganyika and created strong bonds between our two peoples.
Ireland’s development cooperation programme, which is managed by Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is a practical expression of the core principles of our foreign policy, and of our values as a people. Ireland’s place in the world is defined by our commitment to justice, equality, human dignity and respect for human rights, and by our solidarity with those whose lives and futures are blighted by extreme poverty and hunger.
In a world already facing serious global
development challenges, including the impact of climate change, food insecurity,
population growth and persistent and growing inequality, the economic and
financial crisis has had a particularly severe impact on people living
in the poorest and least developed countries. Coming in the wake of huge
increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008, the crisis will make it more
difficult for the poorest developing countries, particularly in sub- Saharan
Africa, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.