Clean Cooking Alliance

Founding Year: 2010

Staff: 33


Dymphna van der Lans (CEO)

A network of global partners working to create a thriving global market for cleaner, more modern household cooking solutions.The initiative is hosted by the United Nations Foundation to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments to foster clean cook stoves and fuels. To allow for maximum impact in the field and strengthen the market for clean cookstoves and fuels, the Alliance has prioritized eight countries for deeper in-country engagement –  Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. The alliance consists of 54 partner countries that made national commitments, 12 national and regional alliances, and 1,800+ partner organizations.


  • Environment – Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can lower emissions of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and black carbon, and help protect the environment.
  • Health – Daily exposure to toxic smoke from polluting, open fires and inefficient fuels is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. Penetrating deep into the lungs of its victims, this acrid smoke causes a range of deadly chronic and acute health effects such as child pneumonia, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, as well as low birth-weights in children born to mothers whose pregnancies are spent breathing toxic fumes from traditional cook stoves. The sustained use of cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can dramatically reduce smoke emissions, and resulting exposure, which can reduce the burden of disease associated with household air pollution.
  • Humanitarian – Most of the food provided by humanitarian agencies must be cooked before it can be eaten, but cook stoves and fuel are rarely provided. Ensuring access to cleaner, more modern cook stoves and fuels for vulnerable populations like refugees, IDPs, and other crisis-affected populations will protect them from suffering disproportionately from the consequences of lack of access to cooking technologies and fuel.
  • Women & Gender – Women play a crucial role in the widespread adoption and use of cleaner, more modern household cooking solutions because of their central responsibility for managing household energy and cooking. As consumers and users of cook stoves, women are not just victims but a critical component of the sector’s ability to scale. Women must be fully integrated into the process of designing products and solutions because without their opinions and input, products will not meet their needs and will not be used.

Research and Evaluation:

  • Measuring Progress – Through monitoring and evaluation, the Alliance is able measure outputs, intermediate outcomes, and long-term impacts of clean cooking solutions.
  • Impact Area Research – Helping to build the evidence base that the adoption of clean cooking solution improves livelihoods.
  • Market and Consumer Research – Strong market intelligence leads to successful businesses and thriving markets. Consumer needs and desires drive purchasing decisions; understanding the customer is at the heart of the Alliance’s work.
  • Household Air Pollution Intervention Tool (HAPIT) – Provides Data on estimated health changes due to interventions designed to lower exposures to household air pollution (HAP) of household members currently using unclean fuels (wood, dung, coal, kerosene, and others).



Clean Cooking Alliance contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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