Last week, The Financial Times and Citi named the Nairobi-based Community Cooker Foundation as the energy category winner for the inaugural FT/Citi Awards.
The awards recognise leaders, teams, organisations, and community groups that have come out with innovative projects for providing basic services to low-income earners. Awards, in other categories, include education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
A panel of judges, on Friday, selected the not-for-profit organisation from Kenya as the global winner and said that its development of an innovative and practical waste-burning stove held tremendous potential for bringing about environmental, economic, and social change among low-income groups.
Nominations were received from 41 countries from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
The US Managing Director of the Financial Times said that now, more than ever before, cities all over the globe face the tremendous challenge of providing basic services and infrastructure to the ever-growing populations, often with very limited resources.
At the organisation, garbage and rubbish which are collected by the local youth is burned in the cooker at high temperatures, generating heat for cooking, sterilising, and other industrial purposes.
The judges said that the Kenyan Architects Planning System has used the concept where the cooker has minimised wastage and reduced emissions to provide a cheaper alternative to wood-fuel apart from creating employment to youth.
The cooker is now in operation in one of Nairobi’s largest slums and is being replicated in other areas of Kenya and Mombasa.
Francesco Vanni d’ Archirafi, CEO, Citi Transaction Services said that they were pleased to congratulate the winners and all the finalists for developing urban solutions that are innovative, scalable, and replicable.
The winners were congratulated for originality, efficiency, and impact for meeting urban challenges in their respective fields.
At a ceremony held in New York City, the College Possible which uses AmeriCorps to promote education among low-income students was presented with the education award while GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) New Citizen initiative bagged the health category award.
The GSK project was congratulated for integrating the people into urban life through creation of awareness and delivery of health promotion, healthcare education, and health services.
The Velib’ Project that was launched by JCDecaux was awarded the infrastructure category. The project has developed a system that is readily available, affordable, and easy to use.
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