Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
We measure success not only in the numbers of people we reach, but also in the impact our work has on each of their lives. Through surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews our monitoring and evaluation program assesses stove usage for design quality feedback as well to understand the overall impact on personal safety and food security. Our impact assessment surveys conducted in 2010 have enabled the Darfur Stoves Project and its partners to quantify the impact of the project on the livelihoods of women in Darfur. For example, the survey revealed that 80% of stove users in the Zamzam displacement camp – the largest camp in Darfur – now purchase firewood from vendors. The data from this survey indicates that by far the most significant impact of the stove is on livelihoods, with families saving $0.95 per day on firewood expenses. The Berkeley-Darfur Stove lasts five years, which means that over the lifetime of the stove it saves a family more than $1,700.
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory also conduct laboratory studies of the stove’s efficiency and emissions vis-a-vis the three-stone fire. They estimate that the Berkeley-Darfur Stove emits 41% less carbon monoxide than the traditional three-stone fire for the same cooking task. As we become certified to earn carbon credits, we will also have independent evaluators measuring emissions reductions in the field.
We also evaluate our organizational efficiency and cost effectiveness to measure success. Comparing the number of stoves we distributed in 2010 with our overall budget, we estimate that each donor dollar invested in the project results in $20 in the hands of a woman in Darfur.
We are continuously working with our partners in Darfur to improve the monitoring of our project. In the next 1-2 years, we will have a third-party conduct a randomized evaluation of our project to measure its impact.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
In the coming year we plan to expand our work with local partners, with a focus on women’s development associations (WDAs) to offer sales opportunities and savings programs. We plan to establish three more assembly shops in Darfur, creating additional job opportunities in the area. Based on lessons learned from our work in Darfur, we aim to expand our work to additional countries, with plans for a pilot project in Ethiopia already underway. Through this work, our goal is to replicate our model to make new technologies available to millions of people in the developing world.