October 2018 Newsletter Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
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Residents of Nepal’s Kavre District enjoy a clean cooking demonstration by two Nepalese celebrities, part of an Alliance-supported behavior change campaign to drive demand for cleaner stoves and fuels.

Dymphna's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,


In my first few months at the Alliance, I have spent a lot of time listening. I’ve met with individuals from across the clean cooking sector, from entrepreneurs and investors to consumers and development partners. There is real excitement about clean cooking’s potential. However, a challenge I hear repeatedly is the lack of investment in this sector.  Clean cooking enterprises attracted less than US$20 million in debt and equity in 2016. This is a tiny fraction of the billions we know are needed annually to achieve universal access to clean cooking.


We must close this gap. Together with our partners, the Alliance is tackling this issue head-on. Just last month, we announced the first-ever Clean Cooking Investment Forum to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, in early November. The Forum is designed to bring investors and businesses together to drive growth and increase sector finance. We’ve also released a new RFP for technical assistance and grants through our Spark+ program, and partnered with Ashden – the UK-based organization behind the prestigious Ashden Awards - to create the first Ashden Award for innovation in clean cooking. Much more needs to be done, and we are actively seeking opportunities to catalyze further growth.


I look forward to seeing many of you in Kigali!




From the Alliance
Alliance to co-host first-ever Clean Cooking Investment Forum

Taking place in Rwanda in November, the Forum will be the first private sector-oriented conference to convene business leaders, investors, donors and government representatives to collaborate on developing an industry at scale to deliver modern, clean cooking solutions around the world. Register now.

Clean Cooking Investment Forum
Working on clean cooking? Apply for the new Ashden Clean Cooking Award

The Alliance and Ashden – the UK-based organization behind the prestigious Ashden Awards - have teamed up to offer a special award for efforts to accelerate the uptake of clean cooking solutions.


Cooking with the Stars! Nepal edition

Two Nepalese celebrities recently put on a different kind of performance for their many fans – a clean cooking show - as part of the “Modern Cookstoves” campaign launched by the Alliance and partners.

Cooking with the Stars--Nepal edition
Funding opportunity: Calling all clean cooking pioneers

As part of its Spark+ program, the Alliance is seeking proposals for grants and technical assistance to support companies with innovative solutions and scalable, replicable models that can help people change the way they cook.

From the Sector
Study: Scaling up clean fuels for cooking

Only a few of the clean cooking initiatives being implemented around the world have been thoroughly analyzed. A new paper looking at 11 case studies finds that greater attention to monitoring and sustainability is needed to maximize benefits.

New research shows biogas feasible as a clean cooking solution in East Africa

Creating biodigester markets in East Africa is feasible, suggests a new analysis from the US Stockholm Environment Institute in collaboration with Hivos.

Pollution from cooking can impact unborn babies, harming lung function in infants – especially girls

A new study shows prenatal exposure to household air pollution from cookstoves can put the respiratory health of infants at risk.

A mother's impossible choice: risk rape to feed your family, or starve

In camps in South Sudan, women face high risks when collecting the firewood necessary for cooking, reports CNN.

Household air pollution has billion-dollar economic impact in Bangladesh

A World Bank analysis shows that environmental pollution in urban areas is having detrimental impacts on people’s health and the country’s economic productivity.

Partner Spotlight: Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Partner Spotlight
Climate and Clean Air Coalition

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a voluntary partnership of organizations committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. CCAC’s global network currently includes over 120 state and non-state partners, and hundreds of local actors carrying out activities across economic sectors..

Funding Opportunities:

Request for Proposals: Spark+ Grant Facility
The Alliance is seeking grant/TA proposals for its Spark+ program, which aims to scale-up clean cooking sector ‘pioneers’ – companies with innovative solutions and scalable/replicable models that can change the way people cook around the world.
Apply by October 12, 2018

Ashden Awards
Awards up to £20,000 will be given to selected organizations working to accelerate the uptake of cleaner and more efficient cooking solutions that reduce indoor air pollution, improve health, and protect the environment.
Apply by November 6, 2018

Climate Change and Health Awards (Wellcome Trust)
The Wellcome Trust is currently accepting proposals for research funding under the Our Planet, Our Health program. Awards will range from £100,000 to £500,000 with a duration of up to three years.
Apply by October 11, 2018

Upcoming Events:

Clean Cooking Investment Forum
November 5-6, Kigali, Rwanda

WHO's First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health
October 30 – November 1, Geneva, Switzerland

SOCAP 2018
October 23-26, San Francisco, USA

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New Partners



Funding Opportunities

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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