Participatory approaches for alleviating indoor air pollution in rural Kenyan kitchens

Participatory approaches for alleviating indoor air pollution in rural Kenyan kitchens
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Liz Bates, Nigel Bruce, Alison Doig, Stephen Gitonga
How do we make sure that the impacts from a project are long-lasting and valued by a community? What factors will lead to really successful outcomes? We may think we know best – but if complete outsiders came to our kitchens and started telling us the best way to organize them, would we welcome them and heed their advice? – even if it proved completely irrelevant to the problems which we knew were causing us inconvenience?

The participatory approach being adopted by ITDG works with communities, discussing with households the known scientific risks of indoor air pollution, and working with them to find solutions which both reduce smoke, and at the same time enhance the comfort and quality of their lives. By applying technical know-how to potential solutions identified by the community, acceptable technologies have been designed and proven to be effective.
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Title in French
Approches participatives et réduction de la pollution dans les cuisines en milieu rural kenyan
Abstract in French
Une approche participative pour la diminution des émissions de fumée à l'intérieur des foyers a produit un impact positif à la fois en matière de réduction des émissions et d'amélioration de la qualité de la vie dans deux communautés rurales au Kenya. Les communautés ont été associées à toutes les étapes y compris la conception et le choix des équipements pour la réduction des émissions. Des réductions de l'ordre de 75 % et de plus de 60 % ont été possibles respectivement lors de l'utilisation des hottes et des techniques de ventilation. Par ailleurs, d’autres avantages y sont associés comme les économies d'énergie, meilleur confort, prestige social et meilleures relations familiales.

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