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COVID-19 has impacted cooking fuel supply chains around the world. 

From the Alliance
Survey Results: How is COVID-19 Impacting the Clean Cooking Sector?

A new Alliance-conducted survey of companies, investors, donors, and other stakeholders working in the clean cooking sector shows that reliable access to modern cooking energy could be in danger. More than 300 responses were received from organizations working in more than 100 countries.

COVID-19, Air Pollution, and Cooking: A Deadly Connection

The Second Lady of Ghana H.E. Samira Bawumia and Alliance CEO Dymphna van der Lans published an op-ed on the links of household air pollution and the new coronavirus. The piece outlines how governments, investors, and donors can support increased clean cooking access as part of broader pandemic response efforts.

Scaling to New Markets: An Interview with the Leadership Team at Greenway Appliances 

Co-founded by Neha Juneja (2019 Alliance Woman Entrepreneur of the Year) and Ankit Mathur in 2011, Greenway Appliances has grown from a small start-up to India’s largest manufacturer of biomass cookstoves. The Alliance spoke with Juneja, Mathur, and recently-named CEO Achal Mehra about the future of Greenway and the impacts of COVID-19 on their business.

Alliance COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 is impacting families, communities, and businesses around the world. Visit the Alliance’s COVID-19 Resources page for links to online information, digital tools, and other resources that may be helpful in adapting to the changing landscape.
From the Sector

Global Push for Clean Cooking Under Fire from Coronavirus Slowdown

International news agency Reuters highlights the “unprecedented disruptions” facing the clean cooking industry due to economic shutdowns intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Addressing the Root Causes of Noncommunicable Diseases

A new opinion piece by Dr. Simon Batchelor (MECS), Sheila Oparaocha (ENERGIA/Hivos), and the Hon. Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella (TENN) examines how COVID-19 recovery plans can be used to tackle a major cause of noncommunicable diseases.

Why Energy Access for African Households is Fundamental to Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19

To help contain COVID-19 and avoid the worst impacts of the virus, the World Bank’s Global Director for Energy and Extractive Industries and Regional Director for Infrastructure in Africa Riccardo Puliti and SEforALL CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi urge governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders to deploy solutions to vulnerable people and businesses across Africa that can provide life-saving energy services, including clean cooking.

The Unseen Link Between Clean Cooking and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hivos Program Manager Eco Matser argues that the lack of access to clean cooking solutions significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 and calls on governments and policymakers to step up action in building an inclusive energy sector.

India to Provide Free LPG Cylinders to Poorer Citizens

India recently announced it would provide free cooking gas cylinders to poorer consumers for three months as part of a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Induction Stoves Seeing Increased Demand in Nepal

In Nepal, sales of induction stoves have risen dramatically as consumers face shortages of cooking gas due to the ongoing lockdown.
Funding Opportunities:

COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund
This EUR 100 million targeted concessionary debt fund seeks to enable off-grid energy companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to both maintain their customers' existing energy services and retain the staff required to deliver future services to these customers. By providing emergency capital to off-grid energy companies, including clean cooking companies, the COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund aims to protect the progress already made toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7. By stabilizing economies in emerging markets and providing security for up to 370,000 jobs, the Fund will also ensure that the sector can continue to grow after the crisis.

GET.invest COVID-19 Finance Catalyst Window
GET.invest has opened a COVID-19 window within its Finance Catalyst to provide business and project developers with free-of-cost advisory to help navigate the crisis. Their support covers structuring support, access to finance support, and transaction support. GET.invest delivers this support flexibly and with a simplified and accelerated access in these challenging times. A team of seasoned advisors with financing-related experience and know-how is available.

Equalife Capital’s Africa Venture Debt Recovery Fund
EquaLife Capital's Africa Venture Debt Recovery Fund will provide concessional venture debt utilizing Equalife’s deep experience of conducting thorough but efficient due diligence and fast disbursement to support the African business ecosystem.

Open Road Impact Fund
Open Road is raising $40 million for the Impact Fund, which will provide loans ranging to organizations located primarily in Africa, U.S., Latin America, and South Asia. The Impact Fund builds on Open Road’s established reputation as the market-maker in bridge financing and trusted partner to social entrepreneurs. The Impact Fund is the first fund by Open Road Alliance that is open to outside investors, offering the opportunity to access high impact investments across multiple geographies alongside a financial return of 2-4%.

Request for Proposals: Salesforce Implementation Project for Clean Cooking Alliance Partner
The Alliance is accepting proposals for a Salesforce implementation project for its partner, Bidhaa Sasa Limited (BSL). The project will include developing a set of software features for BSL’s Salesforce application as it relates to customer relationship management and inventory management.

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


Learn more from the Alliance Funding Opportunities page here.

 

Job Opportunities
Now Hiring: Manager, Standards & Testing
The Alliance is hiring a Manager of Standards and Testing to join its Evidence and Impact team. This role will focus on refining and executing the Alliance’s standards and testing strategy, including designing projects and budgets, ensuring coordination with external partners, and integrating this work internally into the Alliance’s broader efforts.

Now Hiring: Manager, Research
The Alliance is hiring a Manager of Research to join its Evidence and Impact team to lead the Alliance’s work on applying evidence to the design of program implementation and translating research to support policy, advocacy, investment, and business decisions. 
 

Learn more from the Alliance Job Opportunities page here