Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year One Progress Report

Posted by Kris Balderston
September 24, 2011
Woman Cooks Chickens in Cambodia

One year ago, Secretary Clinton stood on stage at CGI and launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. This was the first time the world ever came together around this issue.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stand on the same stage as the Alliance's new "Culinary Ambassador"Jose Andres provided a report to President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the progress on the Alliance.

In just one year, partners have committed close to $80 million.

We elevated this issue to the world stage through awareness raising efforts including collaboration with high-profile ambassadors such as Chef Andres and Julia Roberts.

The Alliance has grown from 20 founding partners to more than 175, including 21 countries -- with Guatemala joining us this week.

To help bring the sector together around a common strategy, more than 350 global experts came together to develop a first-ever roadmap to transform the cookstoves sector.

And we are well on our way to establishing global cookstove standards.

But it doesn't stop there.

Just this week, Dow Corning committed $5 million of unrestricted funding that will enable the Alliance to significantly ramp up its global efforts to save and improve millions of lives.

Unrestricted support is critical during the start-up phase of a global effort like this, but it is rare. It takes a company with vision and passion to meet that need. From the moment Dow Corning saw this opportunity, they moved and developed their commitment in a matter of weeks. Amazing.

We are also making progress at the country level. For example, the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a partner non-governmental organization in India, plans to sell 200,000 stoves to their members by the end of this year.

Over the past year, it has been a privilege to work with Secretary Clinton on this effort. As Jose said yesterday, her support has been steadfast.

I joined her as she hosted a clean cookstoves event in Chennai, India and she never misses an opportunity to raise the issue with foreign leaders from around the world.

I've also had the honor to partner with my colleagues from across the U.S. Government. Our dedication to the Alliance has truly been a whole-of-government commitment.

From the State Department's diplomacy or EPA's work on testing and standards or applied research on multiple topics, every single agency is meeting or exceeding its original commitment.

This week several agencies have committed additional resources to the Alliance.

The largest of these is a new and unprecedented commitment to the cookstoves sector that will fill a critical financing gap.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will provide up to $50 million in debt financing or insurance over three years to support projects that provide clean, consistent, and affordable access to energy and energy savings through the manufacture, sale, and purchase of cookstoves.

The State Department and USAID have committed $700,000 to provide approximately 30,000 clean cookstoves for 200,000 individuals affected by the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa.

CDC has committed $1.2 million to build on and expand health evaluation and research efforts begun last year in Kenya, Guatemala, and India.

And we have additional new commitments from Peace Corps, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association, and Department of Agriculture.

All told, the U.S. commitment could reach $107 million.

These are just a few examples of the contributions of the public, private, financing, and non-governmental sectors to the Alliance. And at the one year point, I am happy to say that the breadth of this partnership continues to grow.

A single actor can only do so much, and that is why the Alliance is fostering a truly cross-sectoral partnership to solve this global problem.

It's been a busy and productive year. The Alliance is well on its way to achieving its ambitious goal of 100 million household adoption clean and efficient cookstoves by 2020, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to these efforts.

In September 2010, Secretary Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.



September 26, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

I wish clean stove mission all success. This will go a long way in meeting a number of objectives. Remove drudgery from cooking, decrease dependence on fossil fuel, reduce co2 emission and save family budgets.
I wonder if fruit cultivation production of other ready to eat nature products like honey can be integrated with this mission as a auxilary programme and communication campaign can be started to encourage consumption of uncooked food to reduce cooking itself from house hold chores. Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Mrs. Clinton and President Obama in all countries can join that communication campaign to make the campaign catch up like fire. In India, we have a long tradtion of uncooked food in our much respected ancient scriptures. I am sure there are similar traditions in other cultures too.

United States
September 26, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

The world needs more carbon. Carbon is life itself, as we are carbon-based lifeforms and we consume carbon to survive, as do all plants and animals. Without carbon, there would be no food, no us, no life on earth.

Carbon dioxide is nature's gift to man.

We should revel in it, produce more of it, spread it around the globe as we do with our dollars and our culture. In prehistoric times, there was 30 times more Carbon Dioxide in the air than today. We need to get back to that ideal. When man could farm on Greenland without ice ruining the vegetables, the world was as it should be.

On a scale of importance, clean cookstoves ranks right down there with clean rifles and clean latrines and no doubt the world's leaders are thrilled to listen to the lectures about cooking. But would they listen if the person speaking came from a country that didn't have 40,000 atomic warheads stockpiled for immediate use?

And how do cookstove emissions compare with Fukushima emissions? How about Depleted Uranium shrapnel poisoning Iraq, Serbia, and elsewhere? Aren't our priorities a bit insane to focus on cookstoves?

somia a.
September 28, 2011

Somia A. in Egypt writes:

In my country Egypt this problem found in the slums and villages in the governorates of Egypt and in the Greater Cairo areas, large, In my country Egypt this problem found in the slums and villages in the governorates of Egypt and in the Greater Cairo areas, large, and I am director of ( hiya wa huwa) for human development in Egypt, a non-profit, and I hope to take part in raising awareness and helping women Ge my country, the importance of clean cooking utensils and help them acquisition of good, clean utensils at minimal cost, where dirt can cause poisoning in pots for the family,

Somia A.

Sue T.
New Zealand
October 4, 2011

Sue T. in New Zealand writes:

Please could you tell me how many cookstoves you have now given out to people in these countries? Is that where the funding is supposed to go?

DipNote B.
District Of Columbia, USA
October 3, 2011

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@ Ashim C. in India -

Thank you for your comment and well wishes towards the success of this program. Please continue to read our blog and provide us with your feedback!

Sue T.
New Zealand
October 4, 2011

Sue T. in New Zealand writes:

Sorry if I wasn't clear - please could you tell me how many clean cook stoves you have already distributed to people who can use them?


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