March 2020
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Dear Friends, 

Across the world, the COVID-19 coronavirus is already having dramatic impacts on economies, businesses, and communities – including the millions of families who still lack access to modern clean cooking solutions.

At the Alliance, we remain committed to achieving universal access to clean cooking while acknowledging the unavoidable challenges posed by this pandemic.

More than ever, the Alliance is appreciative of the work of its global network of partners. We welcome any insights about how COVID-19 is affecting your activities and how we can continue to collaborate in building an inclusive and sustainable clean cooking industry.

Radha Muthiah

Dymphna van der Lans, CEO

From the Alliance


From Start-Up to Scale: An Interview with ATEC Biodigesters CEO Ben Jeffreys

In the first of a series of conversations with clean cooking industry leaders, the Alliance spoke with Ben Jeffreys, CEO of ATEC Biodigesters International, an Australian firm that produces, sells, and distributes the first commercially scalable biodigesters in Southeast Asia.


Clean Cooking's Largest Private Equity Deal to Date: An Interview with Circle Gas CEO Volker Schultz

In the second of a series of conversations with clean cooking industry leaders, the Alliance spoke with Volker Schultz, CEO of Circle Gas Limited, about the company's recent acquisition of KopaTech's smart meter technology that integrates pay-as-you-go options with LPG.


Clean Cooking Entrepreneurs Featured in New Women's Empowerment Campaign 

In February, the United Nations Foundation launched the #EqualEverywhere campaign, highlighting champions from around the world fighting for gender equality. The campaign includes stories of three women entrepreneurs from Haiti, India, and Uganda who are working to improve access to clean cooking. 


Celebrating Women Leaders in the Clean Cooking Sector 

This International Women's Day, the Alliance spoke with the last three winners of its Women's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as clean cooking champion and Second Lady of Ghana H.E. Samira Bawumia. 


Video Highlights from the Clean Cooking Forum 2019

Co-hosted by the Alliance and the Kenya Ministry of Energy, the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 brought together more than 500 people from over 50 countries. The event featured major political and financial commitments, a showcase of innovative technologies, and the launch of the new digital campaign, #CleanCookingIs.


How Can We Address Climate Change, Pollution, and Women's Empowerment? Clean Cooking

The Beam spoke with Clean Cooking Alliance CEO Dymphna van der Lans about the positive impacts that could be generated by providing universal access to clean cooking.



From the Sector


Safaricom Partners with M-Gas to Bring Clean Cooking to Kenyan Homes

Safaricom and M-Gas announced the launch of a new pre-paid gas service, which aims to bring clean, convenient, and affordable cooking gas to low-income houses across Kenya. "Safaricom's partnership with M-Gas will, for the first time, empower millions of Kenyans with affordable access to clean cooking gas, an opportunity we believe has been previously underserved," said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom. 


India Oil Corporation signs MOU with Ghana's National Petroleum Authority

In a partnership supported by the Alliance, the India Oil Corporation signed an agreement with Ghana's National Petroleum Authority to provide technical support and assistance in the implementation of a clean cooking promotion policy inspired by India's PMUY Program. 


Funding Opportunities:


2020 Global Leap Awards EPC Competition
The first-ever Global LEAP Awards Electric Pressure Cooker Competition is accepting nominations, from 28 January through 27 March 2020, for appropriately designed, highly energy-efficient electric pressure cookers suitable for use in off-and weak-grid settings. All nominated products will undergo testing by an accredited laboratory for their energy performance, quality, and safety, and an evaluation by a panel of clean cooking experts.

Assessment on the Readiness for Widespread Adoption of Electric Cooking in Nepal - Request for Proposals
With the Government of Nepal prioritizing energy access as a vital step to improve population welfare, economic prosperity, and energy sovereignty, the Alliance is seeking a firm to support the assessment of Nepal's electricity status as it relates to the country’s readiness for widespread adoption of electric cooking, and to design a strategic and evidence-based plan for transitioning to electric cooking from an electricity generation, transmission, and distribution standpoint.

GET.invest Finance Catalyst
The Finance Catalyst links renewable energy projects to finance opportunities, targeting small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. It provides advisory support on project development, project structuring, and accessing finance through a team of dedicated experts with extensive experience in renewable energy project development and finance.

Small and Growing Business Fund
GroFin, in partnership with Shell Foundation, KfW, Dutch Good Growth Fund, and Norfund, is receiving applications for its Small and Growing Business Fund, totaling over US $100 million. This is the first fund of its kind, being an uncapped and unlimited-life fund to support the growth of small and growing businesses in Africa. The fund typically provides finance in the form of medium-term loans.