Stakeholders from across the clean cooking sector have highlighted the need for a more coordinated strategy to drive greater collaboration and alignment toward shared goals. In response to this call for action, the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) is leading a sector-wide strategy process to accelerate universal access to clean cooking solutions.

Launched in mid-2020 and expected to continue into 2021, the Clean Cooking Systems Strategy (CCSS) aims to secure commitment and mobilize collective action toward achieving SDG 7—access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. An important goal of the process is to develop a strategy that reflects the needs of relevant stakeholders across the clean cooking ecosystem.

To this end, the CCSS development process is using a co-creative approach to foster collective action to deliver the systems-level change needed to achieve clean cooking transitions. This systems approach will ensure that the strategy will be responsive to the evolving needs of a diverse group of stakeholders within the clean cooking sector and other relevant sectors.

The Systems Strategy seeks to answer three important questions:

  • How do we understand the clean cooking sector’s current state and structure?
  • How does the sector need to transform to be more effective?
  • How can a strategy best serve to guide and support this transformation?
To answer these questions, the initial phase of the development process is engaging a range of stakeholders to better understand their perspectives and to incorporate diverse voices into the process. The next phase will identify potential sector transformations and seek to co-create a set of strategy outputs, solutions, tools, or other aspects that will make up the final strategy. The CCSS is designed to serve as a dynamic resource for partners across the sector, and also to help assess CCA’s own role as a custodian and provider of public goods for the sector.

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