CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, International Research Conference
BEYOND FIREWOOD: Exploring Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies in Humanitarian Settings
December 11-12, 2008 in New Delhi, India
ABSTRACTS WILL BE RECEIVED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children is an advocacy and expert resource organization working on behalf of refugee and displaced women, children and adolescents around the world. The Women’s Commission, based in New York, conducts research, documents findings, provides technical assistance and undertakes advocacy. One key focus of the Women’s Commission’s work since 2005 has been on ensuring safe access by displaced women and girls to appropriate cooking fuel.
As part of its Fuel and Firewood Initiative, the Women’s Commission will be hosting the first-ever major international research conference on firewood and alternative cooking fuels and energy technologies in humanitarian settings on December 11-12, 2008 in New Delhi, India.
The conference will bring together developers, practitioners and users of alternative fuels, energy technologies and physical protection strategies appropriate for use in humanitarian settings from around the world. The aim is to share experiences and create new linkages among researchers and practitioners, and build an empirical basis for fuel-related interventions in humanitarian settings. In addition, the conference will link technical experts with humanitarian staff in sites and regions that are urgently in need of such interventions.
The Women’s Commission’s conference steering committee is now soliciting abstracts for presentation at this conference. Abstracts will be selected from submissions from developers, implementers and/or users/beneficiaries of such interventions in the following three categories:
1. Case studies, evaluations and/or documented research on household energy interventions from or applicable to humanitarian settings. This category includes
o Improved stoves/cookers and/or other cooking technologies;
o Alternative cooking fuels or energy sources including but not limited to: solar energy, ethanol, liquefied petroleum gas, biomass briquettes/pellets and biogas;
o New and/or underutilized household energy interventions applicable to use in humanitarian settings that could benefit from examination by a diverse audience.
2. Case studies, evaluations and/or documented research on protection, environment, food and/or health and safety interventions related to the collection, provision or use of household energy in humanitarian settings, particularly those that have measured the impact of a household energy related intervention on the health/safety of women and girls. This category includes:
o Direct provision of fuel/cooking technologies to beneficiaries;
o Physical protection strategies for firewood/fuel collectors, including patrols, escorts, use of peacekeeping forces, etc.;
o Environmental programs/interventions designed to reduce reliance on wood/biomass as a primary source of cooking fuel and/or to increase the availability of such materials through reforestation, alternative construction materials, etc.;
o Alternative fuels/cooking technologies/shelter designs, etc. implemented to reduce the incidence of indoor air pollution and/or of fires/burns caused by cooking fuels.
3. Case studies and/or evaluations of fuel-related livelihoods interventions. This category includes:
o Projects implemented to provide a substitute to fuelwood-intensive livelihoods activities such as brick-making, charcoal-making, etc.;
o Projects implemented to provide alternatives to/reduce reliance on the sale of firewood or fuel rations for income-generation purposes.
In addition, individuals or agencies with specific technologies available for demonstration are invited to apply for a demonstration slot. Procedures for doing so are the same as for abstracts.
All submissions must be limited to 400 words or less and must be submitted in English via the online abstract submission Web site www.fuelnetwork.org/conference. Submissions received in any other manner will not be considered. All information requested on the submission Web site must be provided and submitted with your abstract before your abstract will be considered. If an applicant wishes to submit an abstract based on an already-published paper, it will be the responsibility of the applicant to obtain all necessary permissions in advance of the conference.