Representatives from the Kenyan Government, Ghanian Government, Dutch Government, Norwegian Government, European Union, United Nations,World Bank, Clean Cooking Alliance; musicians; and advocates opened the 2019 Clean Cooking Forum. Not pictured: The World Health Organization and the African Union
Today’s Opening Plenary made it clear that collective action and innovative partnerships are key to better fund, advocate for, and scale up clean cooking solutions. Over 500 people from 50+ countries across sectors—business, civil society, government, education—gathered to help the world move closer to universal access to clean cooking.
The Opening Plenary set the stage for a multitude of powerful commitments to accelerate support for, and investment in, the clean cooking sector:
H.E. Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady of Ghana, and Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated artist, and a coalition of partners around the world joined the Clean Cooking Alliance to launch “Clean Cooking Is…”. This first-of-its-kind advocacy campaign focused on clean cooking aims to drive the awareness and funding needed to bring clean cooking to everyone, everywhere.
“There are huge opportunities and we can do more.” – Jan Cloin, Deputy Team Leader, GET.invest
“By 2022, the Government of Nepal plans to have clean cooking for all. By 2030, the Government of Nepal plans to achieve clean cooking through electricity.” – Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Water, Resources, and Irrigation, Government of Nepal
“What is the evidence to measure the success of the programs and policies? How do we know it is working? What is success? We also need to develop a common language to talk about success.” – Rob Bailis, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute
“The gender blindness is not going to cut it, and there needs to be a lot of concerted efforts.” – Rebecca Mincy, Investment Director, Acumen Capital Partners
“Gender is a journey; gender lens investing is a journey.” – Laura Allan, Venture Gender Support Consultant, EWB Ventures
“Cooking is embedded in old tradition and old culture; it’s passed on from grandmothers to mothers. Without addressing each small belief, you can’t change a system that’s been in place for a thousand years.” – Adnan R. Amin, Managing Director, Purplewood Ltd.
“The ISO standard clearly mentions the key process and equipment, but you all need the technical expertise. Are your people trained? Is the team passionate? It takes a lot of time to test stoves efficiently.” – Agnes Naluwagga, Head of Bioenergy, CREEC
“The new framework includes attributes like income and proximity of fuel to a household, the behavioral aspects of how people use the technologies, who’s cooking, what are they cooking, and where are they cooking.” – Michael Tsan, Partner, Dalberg Advisors
On Day 1 of the Forum, 112 investors, policymakers, and experts from 31 countries participated in over 180 meetings in the Business-to-Business Matchmaking session supported by GET.invest.
07:00 – 18:00: Check-in
07:45 – 08:45: Pre-Forum Session: How to Boost Sales by Understanding Gender Dynamics
09:00 – 19:00: Innovation Expo
09:00 – 10:30: Clean Cooking Investment: What Are Investors Looking For?
09:00 – 10:30: Paying for Outcomes: What’s New and What’s Coming?
09:00 – 10:30: Going Global: Enhancing Clean Cooking Supply Chains
09:00 – 10:30: Public, Private, Humanitarian: Partnering to Improve Cooking in Crisis Settings
10:30 – 11:00: Networking Break
11:00 – 12:30: Stories from the Sector: The Dos and Don’ts of Running a Sustainable, Profitable, and Scalable Business
11:00 – 12:30: Measuring Success in Clean Cooking: What We Know and What We Don’t
11:00 – 12:30: From the Crowd to the Consumer: Achieving Affordability Through Crowdfunding
11:00 – 12:30: Safety First: Best Practices in LPG
12:30 – 14:00: Lunch and Networking
13:30 – 15:30: Reaching the Marginalized with Clean Cooking: The Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project Clean Cooking Sub Component
14:00 – 15:30: What’s Cooking: Opportunities for Innovative Growth Across the Sector
14:00 – 15:30: Digging Into Data: Accelerating Market Growth
14:00 – 15:30: One Size Does Not Fit All: Individualizing Women’s Entrepreneurship
14:00 – 15:30: Cheaper, Cleaner, and Healthier: How to Stimulate Investments in Institutional Cooking
15:30 – 16:00: Networking Break
16:00 – 17:30: Closing Plenary
17:30 – 18:30: Closing Reception
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