AED's mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives by working in partnership to create and implement innovative solutions to critical social and economic problems. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world.
AED aims to strengthen the enabling environment and policies needed to support energy options for sustainable development. AED provides energy solutions that integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for empowering people. AED’s work in energy focuses on capacity building and public outreach in the energy sector, including energy efficiency, governance, regulation, public participation, regional cooperation, and program design and evaluation. AED is leader in social marketing and behavior change, including in energy and environmental areas. AED has developed an Implementer’s Toolkit to fuel-efficient stove programs in humanitarian settings (http://www.energytoolbox.org/cookstoves/).
AED is implementing the WASH+ program for USAID, supporting healthy households through improved water supply, improved sanitation, and the use of cleaner stoves.
Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas
AED has fifty years of experience in overcoming social and/or cultural barriers to technology adoption and behavior change. AED takes a stakeholder-led approach to understanding an issue, identifying challenges, and encouraging change with education, incentives, and empowerment. AED is interested in applying this approach and experience to overcoming social/cultural barriers to clean stove and fuel adoption.
AED works with a range of partners around the world to bring resources, talent, capital, and experience into developing economies through activities that reach deep into informal and formal economies, urban and rural. Our enterprise development and microfinance programs help micro, small and medium-sized businesses to operate more effectively, access capital, know-how and technology, and position their products and services in new markets. Our programs also encourage workforce and local business leader development, support innovative business models and collaborative enterprise networks that allow firms to compete more effectively in our rapidly globalizing economy. AED would like to apply this experience to market development for improved cooking technologies.
AED is interested in contributing to building the capacity of all participants in the supply chain to understand and put into practice standards for clean and efficient cooking technology and behaviors.
AED currently has limited experience in monitoring IAP exposure, however in our health sector work, we have developed protocols and standards for measuring the health impacts of various interventions. AED does have extensive experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluating programs and interventions in the developing country context. AED's monitoring and evaluation experience include development of indicators and monitoring frameworks, data collection and analysis protocols, stakeholder-led evaluation and participatory evaluation.
Relevant Publications or Studies
Fuel-Efficient Stove Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An Implementer’s Toolkit (http://www.energytoolbox.org/cookstoves/)
Our Contribution to the Partnership
AED has developed for USAID an implementer’s toolkit for fuel-efficient stove programs in humanitarian settings, and is interested in sharing our lessons learned and best practices that were developed for the toolkit. As an organization working on energy, health, and social marketing projects, we would like to share our experiences with partners and coordinate on initiatives where our skills can be of use.
AED is also designing an exhibit of clean stoves that will serve as an advocacy and education tool for the general public, donors, and development organizations. A planned traveling exhibit could potentially be made available to PCIA partner organizations for their own display purposes.