With support from SNV and KfW, the Infrastructure Development Company Limited(IDCOL) aims to further develop the biogas sector in rural and remote pockets of Bangladesh, with an aim to establish a sustainable and commercially viable biogas sector.
Over 20,000 biogas plants installed in Bangladesh with support from SNV since the start of the National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme in 2006.
SNV supports TNO in developing a socket fuelled by biogas to generate electricity for lighting homes and charging mobile phones.
Use of biogas stove provides a direct benefit, especially to rural women, as cooking is quicker and easier when compared to firewood.
SNV in Bangladesh has been working as a NGO since 2006, supporting the Government of Bangladesh to implement the National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme (NDBMP). The programme is being implemented by Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a government owned non-banking financial institution, in partnership with a range of other national and local partner organisations. The programme was initiated with funding support from DGIS, although since 2010, the German development bank KfW is also providing financial support. NDBMP is part of the Asia Biogas Programme, under which SNV provides technical assistance and budget management to national programmes in 4 countries.
Within the framework of NDBMP, IDCOL provides overall programme management, coordinates with the programme participants and is responsible for planning, stakeholder mobilization, monitoring and reporting, policy dialogue, advocacy, promotion and communication. SNV is responsible for the effective exchange of knowledge generated through its engagement in the set-up and implementation of national programmes in other countries. This relates to organisational and institutional development, planning and implementation of programme activities like promotion, training, quality control, extension, biogas enterprise development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
In the last 6 years, NDBMP through the installation of more than 20,000 biogas plants, training programs to local biogas partners and availability of credit facilities has created a very positive image of the biogas technology in the rural pockets of the country. Through its multi stakeholder sector development approach, the programme mobilises the private sector, NGOs, cooperatives, MFIs and the government sector, focusing on clusters of high-density livestock areas and aiming at farmers with at least 4 or 5 stabled cows and 200 poultry birds.
Similarly SNV is also supporting TNO in an initiative to develop and launch a socket fuelled by biogas to generate electricity for basic consumption. It is a pro-poor initiative, with an overall aim to reach a socio-economic impact at the lowest level possible: creating access to electricity for lighting up homes in the evening, charging mobile phones and batteries and stimulating entrepreneurship and economic development of people with low incomes.