Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); HERA - poverty-oriented basic energy services


The main objective of HERA is to further mainstream sustainable household energy management into relevant projects and programmes to ensure basic energy security for households and small businesses. Basic energy security in the context of HERA covers thermal energy for cooking, baking, heating and productive uses. The beneficiaries of the project are households and small businesses; low-income groups, with a special focus on Africa. The intermediaries for integration of basic energy security are projects and partners in development cooperation working in the areas of energy, environment, rural development, food security and health. HERA is working at four different levels: lobbing for household energy, advising projects, coordination of knowledge management and networking and further development of household energy concepts and strategies.

HERA is a program of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Established on 1 January 2011, GIZ brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation.

Organization Type Government

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Ms. Marlis Kees
Secondary Contact
Ms. Verena Brinkmann

Address Dag-Hammarsköld-Weg 1-5; 65760
PO Box 5180; 65726 Eschborn
Eschborn, Hessen
Phone 49-0-6196-79-6430
Fax 49-0-6196-79-8064
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Partner projects/members of the network are found globally: Africa: South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso. Asia: Afghanistan. Latin America: Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras target group: rural and semi-urban population; households depending on biomass fuels (financially not strong groups). scale: community up to national and regional level

Fuels/Technologies: Alcohol Fuels
Charcoal, plantoil etc
Sectors of Experience: Renewable Energy
Household energy, which includes a) the biomass fuel security and supply as well as b) technology development, training, production and disemination as well as c) awareness creation
Countries of Operation: Honduras
Burkina Faso
South Africa

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

(Supporting) Awareness campaigns, which are supposed to create interest in new technologies. Kitchen/household management techniques are going along with the introduction of improved stoves and provide the necessary skills for efficient fuel-usage.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Improved stove are market products, commercially produced by qualified producers and sold to households, with an increasing demand. Affordable, convenient, attractive and efficient stoves are on the market. Only a commercial approach where all costs of production and selling including benefits are covered will ensure sustainable market introduction. Subsidy and self-help based approaches do not lead to a sustainable usage. In order to keep improved stoves affordable, the public sector (governments and donors) are challenged to support.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Qualification of producers is achieved by technology and marketing trainings. Further steps (undertaken and under development) are labeling and standardizing the different stove types to position them in the market; and to distinguish them from non-quality stoves.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Improved stoves avoiding indoor air pollution. Stoves don't have a chimney, since it is a factor for heat loss. Instead under HERA we promote technologies with improved combustion, so that ideal firing produces very limited up to zero (depending on the stove type) smoke. Cooperation with ITDG, who carried out tests and evaluations considering indoor air pollution. Cooperation with WHO, concerning health & improved stoves.

Relevant Publications or Studies

SADC region: questionnaire assessment on impacts - user enquiry via producers Malawi: impact assessment - social, environmental and economic impacts were assessed examplarily in Malawi

Our Contribution to the Partnership

HERA is functioning as a network and can contribute as networker and create contacts between groups of similar interest. HERA provides information to its network and could increase the information exchange with PCIA. HERA does lobbying for Household Energy Topics - cooperation can be very effective and efficient in this context. Further exchange in knowledge and experience on - training - technologies - further development - sustainable biomass supply - alternative fuels - awareness campaigns