Blog: Understanding Solar 6

1 July 2014

Blog: Understanding Solar 6
Blog: Understanding Solar 6

I wrote this post, which describes the difficult task of researching potential partners in Pakistan, while solar cooking lamb tagine with sticky dates and olives...

We have recently learnt that Matthew is very ill in hospital. I will write a separate post about this, probably on Thursday.

I have been attempting to use my research framework to explore the potential to distribute our solar panel cookers in Pakistan. After quickly establishing that Pakistani cooking could most probably be adapted to solar cooking (as it has been adapted for slow cooking), I began the search for potential partners. This has not been easy.

I started with the NGO map I mentioned earlier, but it seemed sparse, so I consulted Wikipedia, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc and realised that my task was much more difficult than I thought.  After much searching, I found this:

"The number of active NGOs in the country is, at the very least, anywhere between 100,000 to 150,000, investigations by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), a certification organisation for NGOs and charity institutions, reveal. By this count, there is at least one NGO for every 2,000 people... No one really has any idea of the [size of the] non-profit sector."  (April 2014).

A case study produced in May 2014 about a draft certification model for NGOs in Pakistan writes:

"Pakistan is one of the world’s most disaster prone countries, experiencing frequent earthquakes, flooding, drought, food insecurity and health emergencies. Two large-scale disasters in the last decade, the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 flooding, along with the security situation, have had a significant influence on the evolution of humanitarian actions in Pakistan. These two “mega” disasters highlighted the need for improved coordination amongst national and international actors engaged in emergency response, as well as strengthening civil authorities’ capacity to better prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies."

This case study mentions the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, which has a database of its own certified Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), defined by The World Bank as: NGOs, trade unions, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples movements, foundations and many others. I believe this is where I will begin my search, in coordination with the UK based charity The Lady Fatemah Trust.

Meanwhile, on a lighter note, I have successfully cooked lamb tagine with sticky dates and olives with our solar panel cooker. Although it was only 18 degrees C in Bakewell, when the sun was fully shining about 11am this morning, the temperature in my cooker rose to above 150 degrees!  The dish cooked in about 4 hours, just in time before the clouds arrived, then the rain.

Matthew will be pleased.


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Hi Viv,

Nice to see you being part of a worthy cause. Please let me know if I can be any assistance at all.


Gul Ahmed, 4 July 2014

Hi Viv, this looks really tasty!!..I thought I would add that when i cooked some basic foods (rice, carrots & chicken) a few weeks ago, i did not use a cook bag. Obviously bags will shorten the cooking time, although they are not necessary in hotter regions..

Roger, 2 July 2014

The Solar Cookers International Network (SCInet) wiki lists active solar cooker projects by country: On the homepage, find ''See all...Countries''. Good luck!

Julie Greene, 1 July 2014