Renewable Energy for Ethiopian Refugee Camps

By Norwegian Refugee Council.

In an exciting new project, NRC Ethiopia has introduced biogas as an alternative fuel in Bambasi Refugee Camp in Ethiopia. Human and animal waste is used to generate as that can burn safely and effectively in people’s homes. 

The pilot phase in Bambasi refugee camp, which houses mainly Sudanese refugees, has proven successful and has inspired new plans to apply the innovation to other refugee camps in Ethiopia.


The use of biogas has led to a significant reduction in dependence on firewood for cooking, and women are able to save more time to attend to income generating activities instead of going in search of firewood.