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I’ll soon be flying to Asia again to meet representatives from WOCAN (Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management) and Hivos to help measure the social impact of two biogas projects in Indonesia this time.

You may remember I went to Nepal last year with WOCAN, which had developed a new standard for measuring social impact called W+ that focuses on women’s empowerment in six domains, namely time, income and assets, health, leadership, education and knowledge, and food security.

As in Nepal, the women at the project sites in Lombok and East Java are using biogas technology in their households, which relieves them of collecting wood for fuel.

It will be interesting to see how the same technology is working in a different country and culture and whether the value to the women in Indonesia will be the same or different to those in Nepal.

We’ll soon find out! I’m very much looking forward to flying out on 4 July to see how biogas has impacted the lives of the Indonesian women; fingers crossed when we verify the findings that it will have been in a significant and positive way.

I look forward to sharing my experiences and photos with you on my return, so watch this space!


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