Membership Tier: Steering Committee (Co-Chair)
Ensuring access tocookstoves and fuels for vulnerable populations has been a component of the Alliance strategy since its launch. Clean cooking solutions are fundamental piece of the energy picture, impacting the food security, nutrition, health, livelihoods, and safety of crisis-affected people and the environment in which they live. Efficient cookstoves can reduce household expenditure on fuel, allowing displaced people to save money for food and other needs. Making clean fuels affordable and accessible for crisis-affected people can reduce the need for women to risk their safety walking long distances to collect firewood, decrease or eliminate the harmful health effects of smoke on women and children, and save time on cooking and fuel preparation.
The Alliance’s targeted humanitarian program complements and leverages its market-based work, diverse partner base, and geographic reach to increase access to cooking solutions in humanitarian settings, such as refugee camps, IDP settlements, and areas affected by natural disaster. In its role as Co-Chair of the SAFE Working Group, the Alliance spearheads efforts to make energy access a fundamental part of humanitarian aid. This is achieved through engagement on six strategic pillars of work, namely – coordinating the SAFE sector, commissioning research and building evidence, providing technical support, building the capacity of humanitarian and energy actors, advocating for the sector, and mobilizing resources.