Thursday, December 6, 2012

Community Cooker Foundation Wins FT/Citi Ingenuity Award 2012

Kenyan not-for-profit organisation, Community Cooker Foundation has been named the global winner in the inaugural Financial Times /Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action Programme. The foundation was presented the award yesterday at a colorful gala dinner held in New York.

The Community Cooker better known to locals as 'Jiko ya Jamii' produces safe and cheap energy for cooking and other domestic uses from rubbish in Africa's second largest urban slum, Kibera. The creation of Arch. Jim Archer, Chairman of Planning Systems Services Ltd come up to address the accumulation of garbage throughout the slum, while providing relief to the deforestation and ground water pollution.

The Foundation which recently won the British Expertise International Awards 2011-12 Environmental Impact Award, hopes to see it replicated across the world as it helps surmount a number of challenges facing slum dwellers. Plans are however underway in replicating the prototype in Kibera to Mombasa and Kisumu town.

Other Winners of FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards included:

  1. College Possible - Education Category
  2. Community Cooker Foundation - Energy Category 
  3. GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen - Healthcare Category 
  4. JCDecaux - Velib' - Infrastructure Category 
The FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards seek to recognize leaders, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to benefit cities, citizens and urban communities.
The awards received submissions from 41 countries.

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