This case study shows the vital importance of partnership working to achieving sustainable development outcomes, with collaboration with local community leaders vital to being able to work in turns with communities to promote positive change for their livelihoods.
It is an example of how partnership working is crucial to achieving all the SDGs, as the achievement of other goals such as improved health due to reduced smoke inhalation would not have been possible without the role of all the stakeholders working together in this project.
Beatrice Mavuta is the chief of a village in Kaptagat, one of the areas where CO2balance has been promoting fuel-efficient cookstoves under the Toshiba CarbonZero scheme. She has been closely involved in the project, and has played a vital role in the project’s success. As a village chief, Beatrice is able to call village forums to raise awareness of the benefits to households of using the CZ stoves. She has also facilitated communication between CO2balance and local authorities to help ensure that key government departments are kept in the loop about project activities, and has used her public announcements to raise environmental awareness in Kaptagat.
Her role has undoubtedly been vital to raising awareness of the importance of using the CZ stoves amongst community members. Beatrice, as a community leader, has also set an example by using a CZ stove in her own home, thereby encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. The relationship between the CO2balance team and Beatrice Mavuta shows the importance of working in partnership with key stakeholders. For an outside organisation such as CO2balance to introduce a new and unfamiliar device to communities in a location such as Kaptagat requires the support of leaders in that area who understand the local communities and can encourage the others to follow their example.
The partnership between CO2balance and Toshiba, which offsets its greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits generated through the scheme, is also a vital partnership for the scheme’s success. Toshiba’s purchase of credits drives funding towards the project, allowing it to continue. Meanwhile, Toshiba’s marketing of the project’s impacts raises environmental awareness amongst their staff and customers, increasing the likelihood that they in turn will support similar projects to promote sustainable development.