Category Archives: Refugee camps

Who will do the work of linking different activities in order to impact sustainability in humanitarian markets? The benefits of the Gaia Project according to stakeholders


As you know, I conducted a workshop in Addis Abeba in october. Present at the workshop were ARRA (Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs), the UNHCR, the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Networkhttp://www.hoarec.org/, Mekelle University (Mechanical Faculty), the … Continue reading

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Kebribeyah refugee camp


Last week, we spoke to five families about their experiences with the Dometic CleanCook stove and ethanol as a fuel alternative. The women we spoke to arrived to Kebribeyah in Eastern Ethiopia 22 years ago, when they were little girls. … Continue reading

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Designing for energy access in Kebribeyah


The 9th of September a group of three master’s level students will travel with me to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The students are Kathinka Hasselknippe, Gudrun Reikvam and Julie Grande. The Gaia Association will host us. The Gaia Association has for eight … Continue reading

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Small scale alternative energy in Ethiopia


I’ve just returned from a week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to conduct some initial context-specific background research. Before leaving, I was interested in knowing, what are the specific challenges to introducing small-scale sustainable energy technologies in Ethiopia, for humanitarian purposes? … Continue reading

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Workshop on energy access for humanitarian action in Oslo, 4th of June 2013


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the ideal design of a refugee camp


This is an interview borrowed from TU Delft’s website, with James Kennedy who did his PhD on the layout of refugee camps.   The art of tea drinking The ‘ideal’ refugee camp doesn’t get designed on the drawing board. “Many … Continue reading

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Keys to performance in humanitarian design – first conference paper submitted!


My first conference paper has been submitted, to the International Social Innovation Research Conference at London South Bank University and the Nordcode Conference at Roskilde University. Please contact me if you would like me to e-mail you the full-lenght version: … Continue reading

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