TWP’s International Team Joins Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ Working Groups

Stuart Conway, TWP’s co-founder and International Director, and Sebastian Africano, TWP’s Deputy International Director, will serve on the “Reaching Consumers” and “Monitoring and Evaluation” Working Groups for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in New York City this September with a commitment to saving lives, improving livelihoods, empowering women, and combating climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean cookstoves.  Since the launch, the Alliance has been working on activities that will help them achieve the goal of having 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

One important step the Alliance has undertaken is the creation of nine working groups that will be charged with identifying and prioritizing the critical steps necessary for the sector to reach a ‘tipping point’.

Sebastian Africano leads a clean cookstove focus group in Haiti.

These outputs will form the basis of both a public ‘Clean Cookstoves Sector-wide Priorities Report’ as well as the long-term strategic plan of the Alliance.

The Alliance Working Groups include the following nine topics: Health, Climate Research, Standards and Testing, Technology and Fuels, Finance and Investment, Carbon Finance, Reaching Consumers, Humanitarian, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Each Working Group is chaired by two leaders in the cookstoves field, populated with experts from the cookstoves sector or related fields, and will be operational through mid-2011.

“These Working Groups offer an excellent opportunity for Alliance partners to help shape the future of the Alliance — and the clean cooking sector – over the life of the initiative and beyond. The groups will each identify and prioritize a suite of critical steps necessary for the sector to reach a “tipping point.” These outputs will form the basis of both a public “Clean Cookstoves Sector-wide Priorities” report, as well as the Alliance’s long-term strategic plan.”

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