From Our CEO
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was founded on a simple belief: Cooking shouldn’t kill. In 2010, our founding partners laid out a powerful vision to save and improve lives by creating a thriving, global market to enable 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.
The goal was — and remains — ambitious. Despite decades of hard-fought gains, 4.3 million people still die prematurely each year from illnesses attributable to smoke from cooking.
The goal also remains achievable. In just five years, working closely with more than 1,300 public, private, and non-profit partners, the Alliance has made strong progress in developing a sector that is poised for sustainable growth.
In fact, we are on target to exceed our mid-term goals.
Serving as a connector, catalyst, and facilitator, the Alliance has helped build a solid foundation for transformative change by working with our partners to spur innovation, develop standards, advocate for enabling policies, and expand the base of evidence of the benefits of clean cookstoves and fuels.
We’ve strengthened supply through increased funding to enterprises and entrepreneurs for development, training, and capacity building. This in turn has driven tens of millions of investment dollars directly to enterprises and businesses in the sector. We are also working to enhance demand by encouraging behavior change.
The Alliance has helped raise the issue of household air pollution and the benefits of clean and efficient technologies and fuels to the highest levels of international development. As a result, financiers and implementers are integrating clean cookstoves and fuels into their work. In addition, development organizations have begun looking to the Alliance’s model as a basis for pushing their own initiatives forward. And donors, funders, and investors have expressed continued confidence in the sector and the Alliance’s model, as we clearly saw through the commitments made at the 2014 Cookstoves Future Summit.
Progress doesn’t come without bumps in the road. As in any successful enterprise, we continue to learn and adjust based on what is required to grow this dynamic ecosystem of actors into a cohesive, sustainable, healthy market that can meet the needs of households around the world.
As we look to the future, the Alliance remains committed to: supporting the sector and our partners as they grow; ensuring efficiency in the sector, lowering transaction costs for donors and aligning efforts across our partner base; and lowering risk and easing entry into the sector for private investors, implementing organizations, and new actors who wish to join this effort.
Above all, the Alliance remains committed to our market-based philosophy, to our 100 million by 2020 goal, and ultimately to the universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.
We have made progress and celebrated success in the sector. But we can’t stop until we reach a world where cooking doesn’t kill. The opportunity is real, and the time is now. Our journey continues.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER