Woman in Cambodia smiles, as she uses her cookstove.
Innovative Health Impacts on Results-Based Financing to Promote Clean Cookstoves
February 10, 2014I2-250

This session addressed innovative health interventions for results-based financing, to promote efficient and clean cookstoves, based on (i) market mechanisms where buyers/investors will pay for reduced health damages from cooking on biomass fire using Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) as purchasing unit, and (ii) households’ willingness-to-pay for improved cookstoves.


Vijay Iver - Director, Sustainable Energy Department

Tim Evans - Director, Health Nutrition and Population

  • Heather Adair-Rohani, World Health Organization

    Heather Adair-Rohani is the technical officer working on air pollution within the Public Health and Environment Department at the World Health Organization. She has direct experience working with technical interventions for household energy and assessing, monitoring and evaluating their health impacts. Heather has worked closely with air quality, energy access and health data to assess the health burden from environmental exposures and she has contributed to various publications on air pollution and health including the WHO’s upcoming Indoor air quality guidelines for household fuel combustion.
  • Professor Kirk Smith, University of California, Berkeley

    Prof. Smith is Professor of Global Environmental Health and is also founder and director of the campus-wide Masters Program in Global Health and Environment. Previously, he was founder and head of the Energy Program of the East-West Center in Honolulu before moving to Berkeley in 1995. He serves on a number of national and international scientific advisory committees including the Global Energy Assessment, National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate, the Executive Committee for WHO Air Quality Guidelines, and the International Comparative Risk Assessment of the Global Burden of Disease Project. He participated, along with many other scientists, in the IPCC’s 3rd and 4th assessments and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and is Convening Lead Author for Climate and Health for the 5th Assessment. <br><br> Prof. Smith’s research focuses on environmental and health issues in developing countries, particularly those related to health-damaging and climate-changing air pollution from household energy use, and includes field measurement and health-effects studies in India, China, Nepal, Mongolia, Mexico, and Guatemala as well as development and application of tools for international policy assessments. He also develops and deploys small, smart, and cheap microchip-based monitors for use in these settings.
  • Ken Newcombe, CEO, CQuest Capital

    Ken Newcombe has had a long and varied career in development finance in the energy and environment sectors in the emerging markets and as an entrepreneur and pioneer of markets for global public environmental goods. He was a member of the small team that designed the multi-billion dollar Global Environment Facility. He developed the business concepts around public-private partnerships for generating and trading greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and designed and managed the first global carbon fund, the Prototype Carbon Fund. Ken was the instigator of global partnerships with industry and NGOs for forest conservation and sustainable use under the Forest Market Transformation Initiative he established and led, and which gave rise to the Forest Trends organisation or which he is a Director Emeritus. He has been successful at building or turning around a diverse group of businesses and business units, is an acknowledged leader, team builder and manager, and won the World Bank’s Manager of the Year Award in 2004. He also prepared the first cookstove project at the Bank in 1980's.