The report showcases major milestones, such as convening the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya; producing the inaugural Industry Snapshot on sector investment and innovation; and launching “Clean Cooking Is…”, the first-of-its-kind global campaign created exclusively to drive greater support for and investment in clean cooking. This year’s report also features a series of interviews with clean cooking sector leaders and stakeholders from around the world.
“The past year, I have seen increased dialogue around clean cooking across the whole spectrum – the global community, governments, civil society, and beyond,” Dan K. Marangu, the Director of Renewable Energy at the Kenya Ministry of Energy, says in the report. “These conversations have increased clean cooking’s visibility, while enhancing policy dialogues that help expand clean cooking access. High-level interactions with key stakeholders have also led to workable solutions that help bridge the funding gap in clean cooking.”
Access to energy for cooking, lighting, powering, communications, and other uses is increasingly being recognized as a basic need, not a luxury. While the humanitarian system has long struggled to bring energy assistance up to par with food, medicine, sanitation, and other basic services, this story is now changing. A diverse and growing community of actors is adopting innovative approaches to improve and expand energy access in humanitarian settings. This past month, over 180 representatives from 31 countries gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for two events aimed at leveraging their collective expertise towards this goal. Both events were hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance (the Alliance) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).