Last week, delegations of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and the Energising Development Programme (EnDev) agreed on intensifying their collaboration. With their combined strength, they aim to boost the transformation of the clean cooking sector.
On 20 July, delegations of the Alliance and EnDev met in The Hague to discuss their collaboration. Apart from EnDev and GACC, led by their new CEO Dymphna van der Lans, implementing partners SNV and Hivos were also invited. Together, the group came to important conclusions. An intensified collaboration was needed in order to boost the transformation of the clean cooking sector.
Collaboration will be increased across various levels. For example, the organisations will join hands in international advocacy and outreach activities, including international events. A second goal is to develop integrated approaches together, in order to realise a transition in the clean cooking sector. Thirdly, there will be increased cooperation in policy development support, including in awareness and behavioural change campaigns.
Last but not least, the organisations want to better align their in-country activities to strengthen national cooking alliances. Kenya, one of the focus countries of both the Alliance and EnDev, will be a good test case in this respect. In the following months, a more detailed plan of action will be developed to flesh out this operational collaboration goal.
A continued effort for clean cooking
Clean cooking is one of the shared goals of GACC and EnDev. The organisations are fuelled by the fact that around 3 billion people do not have access to clean and energy-efficient cooking technologies. Biomass - like wood, dung and agricultural residues - is the most commonly used source of energy in poor rural areas around the world. Materials like these are often burned on open fires and inefficient traditional stoves.
Since 2005, the EnDev programme has provided 14.4 million people with improved cooking solutions. With the new collaboration goals in sight, the programme will continue its effort to boost clean cooking worldwide. Want to learn more? Read about EnDev on the Energising Development Partnership Programme page.