UNDP’s BioEnergy for Sustainable Rural Development project turns animal waste into biogas, an alternative and cheaper source of energy. In addition to providing affordable clean energy solutions, this project helps rural women as they usually have to walk long distances and wait long hours to obtain butane gas cylinders as part of their household chores, whereas collecting cattle droppings is an established custom to be used as fertilizers.
Following a South-South model of cooperation, an Indian NGO implemented the initial stage of the project and transferred the know-how to Egyptian engineers and masons who have now established their own small enterprises. Building on its success, the government of Egypt has adopted the model, scaling up the initiative across all governorates and transforming it into a national programme with its own institutional support.
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