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Women carry firewood back to a refugee camp in Kenya. Photo: Brendon Bannon/UNHCR

Radha's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,

It’s a busy time both at the Alliance and around the sector, with a number of opportunities for partners to engage around our shared goals. In partnership with the government of Norway, the Alliance launched the new Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund this month. The Fund is designed to help increase access to cleaner, more efficient fuels and cooking technology for crisis-affected people, and we encourage those interested to apply. The Alliance has also released the annual Results Report survey, all organizations that manufacture or distribute stoves or fuels are invited to participate. I would also like to thank all those who applied for the new Spark+ Investor Readiness Program this month. We received a strong set of submissions and look forward to announcing the recipients later this year.

Finally, don’t forget to register for the Clean Cooking Forum 2017– early bird registration closes on August 1. I look forward to seeing many of you in New Delhi in October.

Our work continues,


Radha Muthiah

From the Alliance
Apply now for the Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund

The Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund will provide two grants of up to $250,000 to scale projects working to increase access to cleaner, more efficient fuels and cooking technology for crisis-affected people. Apply by July 21st.

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Take the 2016 Annual Results Report survey

The Results Report, the main mechanism used to track self-reported progress and growth in the cookstoves and fuels sector, is now open for participation.


BCC Resource Hub launched

The Alliance launched the "BCC Resource Hub," a global database of materials and resources from behavior change communication campaigns in the clean cooking sector.

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From the Sector
Bangladesh government continues to encourage LPG use

In its new budget, the Bangladesh government has proposed reducing the duty on raw materials required to produce LPG cylinders from 10 percent to 5 percent.

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ISO standards process moves forward

Two documents are currently open for review and ballot. Over the next few months, national standards committees will be reviewing these documents, commenting, and voting on approval for publication.

Bipartisan bill to reduce potent climate pollution introduced in U.S. Congress

A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers would create a task force to study ways to reduce pollutants like black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons that contribute significantly more to climate change than carbon dioxide, the most plentiful greenhouse gas.

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Inyenyeri signs deal with World Bank in Rwanda

The World Bank announced its commitment to buy 600,000 carbon credits from Inyenyeri and help scale use of its pellet-based stove model in Rwanda.

Researchers race to understand black carbon's climate impact

The particles that end up in the Arctic have millions of points of origin - from sources like wood and coal stoves used for cooking in India or diesel trucks chugging down US highways - and researchers are racing to understand their impact.

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Empower women and save the planet

Promoting gender equality and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand, says human rights advocate Anika Rahman. She added that we need to act collectively to address these issues including increasing access to clean cooking.

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Partner Spotlight
World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is dedicated to achieving a Zero Hunger world by 2030. Under this vision, WFP’s Safe Access to Fuel and Energy initiative is working to enhance vulnerable communities’ access to cooking fuel and energy and ensure that food assistance provided can be prepared and consumed as safely and nutritiously as possible.

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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 1700 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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