This investment represents an increase of nearly $11 million over the past year and will help the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. This commitment also spans eleven federal agencies and comprises $60 million in research, $15 million in field implementation activities, and up to $50 million in financing.

The new commitments target a wide range of work, including: expanded research on cookstove performance, marketing, and adoption; expanded research on the health, climate and air quality benefits of clean cookstoves; and expanded field efforts in Kenya, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

The total amount invested to date by all U.S. agencies under this commitment is over $67 million, including nearly $59 million from the six agencies that originally committed $50 million.

The State Department, under the leadership of Secretary of State John Kerry and former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has undertaken a wide range of diplomatic activities to advance the Alliance and the cookstoves sector.

Key Third Year Accomplishments include:

  • Extended partnership with countries across the globe, including Cambodia, China, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, and Mongolia.
  • Announced up to $74 million in new commitments from partners to bring 4 million clean stoves to the East Africa by 2020 and launch clean cookstove manufacturing facilities in Kenya and Lesotho.
  • Awarded grants to help ramp up cookstove manufacturing in Kenya, support USAID’s field testing of stoves in Bangladesh, and perform field health evaluations of stoves in Peru.
  • Engaged with U.S. embassies abroad to support Alliance activities in priority countries.
  • Worked with the Alliance to propose and launch a $1.4 million cookstoves initiative under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

Alliance Progress: Through a wide range of activities to build the sector and support organizations that can scale production, distribution, and adoption, the Alliance is on track to achieve its goal of 100 million households adopting clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

Key Third Year Accomplishments include:

  • Generating tremendous momentum and activity in focus countries Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda: In each country, the Alliance has convened relevant actors, conducted market assessments, advised stakeholders during the locally led country action planning process, and learned about the unique challenges and opportunities in each market. Government leaders in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, and Kenya have made clean cooking solutions a part of national health and energy policies.
  • Driving investment into the sector: The Alliance and its partners around the world have driven $35 million of new private investments in clean cookstove businesses (including OPIC’s investments) into the sector, part of its strategic plan to inject $1 billion worth of investments into the sector by 2020.
  • Developing and promoting global standards and enhancing testing centers: The Alliance is collaborating with national standards committees and relevant organizations worldwide as it leads the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) process to create first-ever standards for cookstove safety, efficiency and cleanliness. The Alliance is also increasing local capacity in design innovation and testing by supporting 13 regional testing and knowledge centers across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Building the evidence base by galvanizing and coordinating the research community: The Alliance is directly and indirectly supporting more than $45 million (including U.S. government efforts) in competitive research grants in the areas of child survival, climate change, fuels research, innovation in design, gender impacts and women’s empowerment, and clean cookstove and fuel adoption. The Alliance’s global research advisory platform formed in the past year and has already met as it works to convene researchers, commission research, and communicate results.
  • Raising awareness of this silent killer, convening partners, and advocating for change: The Alliance was featured in more than 100 global, national and local media outlets, hosted two international forums attended by record numbers of clean cooking sector actors, grew its partnership base to more than 800 organizations worldwide, and saw increased international efforts to address the issue through its advocacy (e.g., at the World Health Assembly, Sustainable Energy for All, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition).
  • Mobilizing influential champions to support the cause: The Alliance’s ambassadors, champions, and leadership and advisory council members are a diverse array of world leaders, celebrities, and experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and investment sectors actively involved in fundraising, media appearances, advocacy, and strategic guidance and advice for the Alliance.
  • Ensuring a strong flow of resources to support Alliance and sector efforts: Since its inception, the Alliance has raised over $32 million in direct support for its grant programs, and leveraged more than $200 million in parallel funding (including the U.S. commitment) to spur advances in the clean cooking sector.

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