Innovation 101: The Solar Cooker by Noel Mubaina


Zimbabwe- Noel Mubaina (30), graduated with a diploma in advanced project management at DAPP Frontline Institute in Shamva and can also add to his list of accomplishments; a solar cooker made from cardboard boxes and aluminium. In showcasing his invention, he highlighted that is would among other things be environmentally-friendly and not contribute to global warming. Mubaina’s solar cooker generates heat between 82 and 121 degrees Celsius. Due to Zimbabwe’s sometimes unreliable power supply, inventions like these are openly welcomed as solutions to everyday problems.

Mubaina is a graduate of a DAPP Sponsored program in Shamva, Zimbabwe. DAPP Frontline Institute graduated a total of 108 participants on January 24, 2013 who received certificates in project management courses.


Development Aid from People to People is a non governmental organization registered in Zimbabwe with the Ministry of Labour and Social Services. DAPP Zimbabwe is operating in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Manicaland, Harare and Masvingo Provinces. The organization has been working in Zimbabwe for 32 years in the areas of education and training, HIV and AIDS, community development and agriculture. DAPP Zimbabwe is implementing the following projects: HOPE, Child Aid, Farmers Club, Total Control of the Epidemic, Ponesai Vanhu Technical College, Ponesai Vanhu Junior School and Frontline Institute.

Frontline Institute

Is a training institute for key people in development from the projects within Humana People to People with the aim of working in the frontline of development and fighting against the dehumanizing phenomena such as poverty, hunger, illiteracy and diseases. It trains Humana People to People employees as leaders in development for the benefit of the people in rural areas and townships in Southern Africa, Guinea Bissau, India, China and Central America.
More than 3000 participants have gone through the courses of Basic Project Management and Advanced Project Management and more than 90% of them still work in DAPP Zimbabwe.
The institute is international in its character. The teachers, participants and organizations which send the participants for training all come from different countries. Countless people to people links are formed and strengthened, friendships and understanding across national and cultural borders are built and maintained.


In 1983 interviews with a number of Frontline State presidents pointed to the need for training of people, who would work together to create development across borders and cultures and with the understanding of the necessity to create a new image of Africa – an image of unity, peace and progress. This led to the formation of Frontline Institute, first as a training centre for Europeans and Africans in Denmark, and in 1991 Frontline Institute in Zimbabwe was started up.

The students at Frontline Institute have all been active in development projects and have experienced what it takes to create development. They know the conditions that people are facing in the everyday in the cities and in the rural areas of Africa and India. Most of them have been living in the same communities and have been part of the everyday struggle to deal with conflicts and poverty and to make things go forward.

They learn to be driving forces in the development and be cornerstones that people can rely on. The students are trained to create changes and to understand the process that it takes to make the changes come about.  The students are trained to work in the field together with the people, who are living there and working for betterments.

They are trained to create partnerships with all the people, who are concerned with development, from clinics and hospital, educational institutions, Government offices, and international organizations in order to make use of all forces and make things happen.

Information about DAPP & DAPP Activities in Zimbabwe courtesy of 2013