The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves operates under the support of the United Nations Foundation and it works to improve health and environmental outcomes by championing changes to cooking methods and more efficient stoves. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is seeking to lay out steps that will deliver 100 million clean cookstoves by 2020. In addition it is providing a roadmap that aims to change the lives of 3 billion people around the world with the roll out of cleaner stoves so there will be less pollution less and a reduction in indoor air pollution.
In the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves strategic business plan, Igniting Change: A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, it has Our Approach, it has prioritized a range of activities to strengthen markets, including: attracting social investment, making it easier and cheaper for cook stove enterprises to access carbon finance and driving technological innovation. Late in 2012 the Alliance nominated six countries as priority targets for engagement in Phase I of the plan. The priority countries are:
The Alliance has commissioned assessments of the cook stove and fuel markets in 18 countries as part of its commitment to developing a strong global market for cook stoves and fuels. The assessments aim to provide a high level snapshot of the sector in these countries that can then be used alongside research papers, surveys and other information to enhance cook stove knowledge and help the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves decide which countries and regions to work in first.
According to the Alliance, there are four million premature deaths every year due to smoke exposure from cooking stoves. Predominantly women and children are the most at risk. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves recognises that active partner engagement is critical to the success of the action plan and are working with a wide range of organisations to ensure the adoption and uptake of clean cook stoves. On the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Donor page you can donate at a National, Corporate, Foundation or Individual level.