What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
• Ability to communicate the importance of planning, visioning and forecasting to our partners and developing practical succession plans that mitigate risk over the long term.
• Political stability and safety in the countries and communities in which we work – currently some of the most violent and unstable countries in the world.
• Being able to offer the competitive compensation necessary to continually attract savvy and skilled staff with the cultural values, dedication and first-hand experience that make our organization so unique.
This project earned TWP Deputy International Director, Sebastian Africano, a full scholarship to the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University this August, where he will work with like-minded social entrepreneurs and a team of mentors from the silicon valley business community to overcome the above barriers to scale and impact.
Tell us about your partnerships
All of TWP’s projects are planned and executed in partnership with NGOs, community organizations, businesses, government entities, local leaders, and individual residents in project locations. Long-term collaborations with our international NGO partners permit them to diversify their skills, grow their management capacity, pursue their aspirations, and actively test assumptions around regionally appropriate sustainable technologies. Together, we implement projects that aim for community self-sufficiency and triple bottom line returns for all involved.
TWP provides the administrative, technical and economic support needed to produce measurable impacts, while also enabling a degree of monitoring, evaluation and continuous innovation that would not be possible otherwise. Our unique approach has led to the development of pioneering methodologies that promote community leadership, locally driven natural resource management, and a communicative culture that encourages our partners to share best-practices and skills with each other, fostering true regional collaboration and sustainable development.
In Haiti, TWP began working with the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) in 2007 to introduce our clay Rocket stove. After the earthquake in 2010, we established a partnership with International Lifeline Fund (ILF) to design a fuel-efficient charcoal cookstove specific to the needs of Haitian cooks, skills of local metal workers, and the availability of materials. TWP hired consultant Brian Martin to help develop the final design of our Zanmi Pye Bwa cookstove.
Explain your selections
Over the past 13 years, TWP has built a diverse and resilient funding stream including individuals, foundations, NGOs, businesses, government, and awards/prizes which has been instrumental in validating and furthering our approach to international development. Support for this project in particular has come from TWP’s increased investments in social marketing that have broadened our donor base, from foundations interested in sustainable solutions rather than donation-based approaches, and from businesses dedicated to corporate social responsibility.
Additionally, this project will generate revenues via the sale of our cookstoves, helping to recover immediate material costs and expediting the transfer of ownership of the project to local hands. TWP has also been an active participant in the development of Haiti’s National Cookstove Strategy in conjunction with the Haitian Ministry of Mines and Energy, which provides our project with a unique foundation of local support.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
TWP plans to contract additional Haitian field staff to 1) support the launch and expansion of the vendor program, 2) strengthen TWP’s existing relationship with the Haitian government and other institutional actors, 3) develop a communications strategy to promote the environmental, health and economic benefits of the clean cookstove program, and 4) to improve the sophistication of the manufacturing process.
Additionally, TWP has plans to consolidate the efforts and data of the different groups implementing cookstove projects in order to reach a scale necessary for the development of a viable and enduring carbon asset. Carbon finance offers the prospect of long-term financial stability and incentivizes quality products and continuing engagement. We will seek to strategically subsidize our clean cookstove dissemination by registering the project to produce Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) with high social value. Returns from the sales of these VERs would permit us to internalize transport costs, social marketing campaigns, and monitoring and evaluation activities of our clean cookstove project.