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Radha with students at a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Radha's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,

Earlier this month, the Alliance announced that our new CEO Dymphna van der Lans would be succeeding me in April. The Leadership Council and I feel confident passing the reins to Dymphna at this important time, as I know Dymphna will continue to build on the hard-fought momentum we’ve all achieved over the past seven years. Dymphna is a dynamic and high energy leader, and her extensive leadership and innovation in the nonprofit and private sectors match well with the Alliance’s market-based approach. I know she looks forward to working with you soon. 

I also want to update you on two additional developments, both of which will help accelerate sustainable market growth...

From the Alliance
Dymphna van der Lans named Alliance CEO

Dymphna van der Lans will join the Alliance as CEO starting April 23. Dymphna brings more than 25 years of experience managing and leading global development, energy, and climate initiatives in the nonprofit and private sectors.

Cleaner fuels, healthier babies
Alliance selects first four businesses for Spark+ Program support

Four businesses in East Africa and Southeast Asia have been selected for support from the Spark+ program. Spark+ works to build the pipeline of investment-ready companies in the clean cooking sector.


Alliance to help lead new clean cooking program in Nepal

Together with the Government of Nepal and many partners, the Alliance will help lead the first national clean cooking program in Nepal. The program will focus on strengthening the supply of available clean cooking technologies and creating demand through a series of behavior change communication activities, all in an effort to build smoke-free communities in Nepal.

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
From the Sector
Women are driving the change we need to close the energy access gap

There's clear evidence that when it comes to closing the energy access gap, it is not a question of the world organizing to solve a problem for women, but of women organizing to solve a problem that has been ignored for too long, says SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte.

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Study finds Mexico's most popular chimney stoves may have a lower health risk than previously thought

Contradicting previous assumptions, a recent study found that the four most common models of chimney plancha cookstoves would likely meet WHO’s indoor air quality interim targets for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO).

Indian government prepares draft National Clean Air Plan


The Government of India has prepared a draft National Clear Air Plan, which includes 600 more air monitoring stations across the country and aims to reduce air pollution by 50% in the next five years.

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4 ways clean cooking can elevate the status of women and girls

In many countries, women and girls spend up to five hours a day cooking and collecting cooking fuel. But solutions exist that can empower women and help them live their lives to the fullest. Here are four ways clean cooking solutions can elevate the status of women and girls.

Partner Spotlight: Project Gaia
Partner Spotlight

In this month's Partner Spotlight, we speak with Sebastian Rodriguez-Sanchez, CEO & Co-Founder of KopaGas, a Tanzanian distributor of liquefied petroleum gas that is developing a smart meter-enabled pay-as-you-go solution to enable increased affordability.

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-hosted public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance's goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with over 1800 public, private, and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world.

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