At a time of climate talks taking centre stage in Durban, the BBC investigates which initiatives Britain’s international aid programme has been backing in an effort to combat climate change.

Last week, BBC Kenya correspondent Will Ross visited Kartech - a small business located in the eastern suburbs of Nairobi, which GVEP has been supporting. Kartech is involved in the production of institutional energy efficient cookstoves that are sold to schools, restaurants and hospitals. It is through GVEP’s Loan Guarantees Fund that Kartech’s clients, such as local schools, can receive credit finance to purchase the stoves. Such cookstoves use up to 60% less fuel wood, hence reducing the demand of firewood and charcoal and the strain on the country’s limited forest reserve. This also means that the schools make significant saving which they can reinvest in education.

James Wakaba, GVEP’s Regional Manager for Africa explains in this radio interview the benefits of such technology and the impact it can have on both the micro and macro level. It is a great example of how overseas development assistance such as UK Aid (provided by DFID, the UK government’s Department for International Development), can deliver a great “bang for the taxpayer’s buck” when used to promote sector solutions.

The feature was aired on BBC 4’s The World Tonight on December 8, 2011. To hear the sound clip, click on the link below.

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